The Italian Job
Director: Peter Collinson
Writers: Troy Kennedy-Martin
Stars: Michael Caine, Noel Coward, Benny Hill
Release Date: September 3, 1969

Biggest takeaways from The Italian Job:

  • A much funnier movie than I ever would have expected. Judgement may have been shaded having seen the 2003 version first, but this heist has much more levity.
  • The story features around Charlie Croker, played by Michael Caine. I’ll admit that I have not seen much where Caine is the sole leading man, but he embraces the spotlight here. This is another major difference from the more modern, well known version. Much less focus on the fellow members of the heist. The focus of the movie is Croker and the atmosphere of Italy.
  • Mini Coopers baby! The small cars are cool as hell, even in 1969. The final 30 minutes of the movie, which culminates in the Mini Coopers wreaking havoc and climbing all over the streets and building of Italy, is a wild and wonderful ride. It is the highlight of the movie.
  • The ending of the movie…while symbolic in a way…is still slightly disappointing. Would have enjoyed a bit more closure, but much like how the chase for the ideal heist high is never achieved, the treasure may never be grasped.

Stanko Rating: B (3.5/5 Stars)


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