Archive Cinema City 2010.

The Italian Job

The Italian Job

Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
Year: 1969
Duration: 99 min

Director: Peter Collinson
Scenario: Troy Kennedy-Martin

Cast: Michael Caine, Noel Coward, Benny Hill, Raf Vallone

Programme selection: Peđa's Film Collection


Charlie has just left prison, and now wants to do a 'big job'. The job is to steal $4m of gold arriving in Italy from China. Charlie's job needs financing, so he goes to Mr Bridger (a Mafia-type boss) who is in prison (Charlie has to break in !). In Italy, a clever plan is used to distract the authorities, while the raiders make their get-away in three Minis. This leads to an excellent car chase sequence through Italian streets, buildings, rivers, sewers.


His early television work included time as a floor manager for the BBC and directing for ATV at Elstree studios where he met Michael Klinger who would offer him the director role on his first film, The Penthouse. Collinson also worked with Telefís Éireann, the Republic of Ireland's national TV station, and in 1963 he won a Jacob's Award for his production, The Bomb. He emigrated with his wife Hazel and family from the UK to the United States in the mid-1970s. Peter Collinson died from lung cancer at the age of 44 before The Italian Job gained its later cult movie success.


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