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The Italian Job

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The Italian Job

This classic 1969 film is a real celebration of Englishness – from its casting of Michael Caine and Sir Noel Coward in the lead roles, to the red, white and blue super-charged Mini Coopers that are used as the getaway cars. It all focuses on a plot to steal a $4 million gold shipment arriving in Turin from China, by creating a massive traffic jam. It wasn’t particularly well-received when the film was released, and it’s been accused of xenophobia since, but it’s achieved cult status on the small screen with its quirky humour, memorable car chase and show-stopping ending. Empire Magazine rated the Italian Job’s car chase as the 17th coolest movie moment of all time.

The Italian Job was Noel Coward’s final on-screen appearance and the film’s Rule Britannia scene had to be filmed in stages because he could only walk a few steps at a time. In 2003, there was a loose remake of the movie, starring Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron and Donald Sutherland – but most would agree it could never live up to the original.

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Majestic. Perfect combination of the perfect English actor, Michael Caine, the perfect English entertainer, Noel Coward, the perfect English cars (e-types, minis), taking on the Italians and winning under the cover of the English football team's match and supporters. Perfect.

Jeremy Clarke


"You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" The most literal cliff hanger ending ever. And the remake (as nearly always) was total rubbish.
David Hodson


The action packed comedy drama is an all time classic of the 60's, with the craziest car chase in movie history an the incredible cliff hanger finale, The Italian Job is the caper move to beat them all!
Mark


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I believe rice, peas and jerk chicken is an Icon of England.

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