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The Italian Job (1969)

Rating:G
Genre:Comedy, Action/Adventure
Release Date:January 1, 1969
Running time:99 minutes
Cast:Michael Caine, Noel Coward, Benny Hill, Raf Vallone, Tony Beckley
Director:Peter Collinson
Producer:Michael Deeley, Stanley Baker
Writer:Troy Kennedy-Martin
Distributor:Paramount Pictures

Description: 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, All Movie Guide

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