|The Italian Job (1969)
No introduction needed. It’s beyond famous.
You are not British, or even understand the place, until you have seen this film.
|It is THE quintessential British movie of the 1960’s. Birds, blokes, cars, crime, comedy, Michael Caine, all rolled into one. |
|You can almost ignore any dated aspects of the movie. In fact, time and reputation have turned any critical aspects of the film around into great comedy moments.
As with all top notch cult car spotting offerings of the era, the movie is set partly in London’s swinging 60s and partly on the continent of mainland Europe; the Alps and Turin, Italy.
|Kit count can best be explained by the actual statistics of cars that got totalled during the making of the movie:
1 x Lamborghini Miura - trashed a (stripped out) accident damaged one
2 x E-Type Jags – a navy FHC and a (now famous) red roadster 848CRY
2 x Aston Martin DB4 Volantes - first stunt failed, had to do it again
14 x Mini Cooper “smashed up motor cars”
Various Alfas, Fiats, Lancias and BMC Farinas
|You only need to glimpse at some historical stone steps anywhere abroad in Europe to imagine hurling a Mini Cooper S down them.
No one can ever, ever get bored of this film. Even the world’s biggest motoring duffer would have trouble loving the entire heist sequence, from beginning to end.
|“Try putting your foot down Tony, they’re really getting rather close.”|