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The Italian Job (1969)

HD   G Closed Captioning

Peter Collinson

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About the Movie

The quintessential British caper film of the 1960s, The Italian Job is a flashy, fast romp that chases a team of career criminals throughout one of the biggest international gold heists in history. Michael Caine is Charlie Croker, a stylish robber and skirt-chaser just out of British prison. Shunning rehabilitation for recidivism, Croker takes over "The Italian Job," a complicated plan to hijack gold bullion from Italy — right from underneath the noses of the Italian Police and the Mafia. The job, whose original mastermind was murdered, clearly requires the sponsorship of a richer, more established criminal than Croker. He turns to the auspices of the eccentric Mr. Bridger (Noël Coward in his last film role), a suave, regal, incarcerated English crime boss with a peculiar fascination with the Queen. Bridger provides Croker with a quirky group of Britain's most infamous computer hackers (including a lascivious Benny Hill), bank robbers, hijackers, and getaway drivers — the ex-con is soon well on his way to relieving Italy of the gold. ~ Aubry Anne D'Arminio, Rovi

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 25
  • Fresh: 21
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The film is technically sophisticated and emotionally retarded. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: The cast does its stuff to good effect. Coward, as the highly patriotic, business-like master crook, brings all his imperturbable sense of irony and comedy to his role. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Is there a film - certainly a British film - that delivers a greater infusion of pure joy than The Italian Job? – Robert Colvile, Daily Telegraph (UK), Jan 1, 2015

Fresh: As a film, The Italian Job is hardly a work of unalloyed genius; but as a reminder of the time when Britannia really was cool, it's peerless. – Empire Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

What a nice surprise!

I was thrilled to sign on to iTunes today to see the ORIGINAL Italian Job as one of the featured movies. This is a brilliantly funny film, has one of the best car chase scenes "ever" -- and featured a great ensemble of actors including Michael Caine and Noel Coward. ..and I will "only" say that it is the ultimate cliffhanger. If you liked the remake, you will cherish the original.

60's movie making at it's hight

Great story, perfect actors, beautifull cars (aston martins, lamborghinis, alfa romeos, mini's...) and humor that can only be British-The Italian Job brings it. If you saw the remake that's impossible to not love, you're gonna need to add this one to you're collection. Great!

Great movie!

What people do not understand about this movie is that it is BRITISH humour. It is remarkably dry humoured. This movie also proves that you don't need millions of dollars worth of equipment to rob the bank. Cleverly written and well cast "The Italian Job" won't dissapoint a true fan of well written action movies. This movie is dated too in it's humour making it less amusing to younger viewers. But none the less both movies are good, but this one is great.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 1969

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