The Italian Job (1969)
The original 1969 version is an incredible thrill ride with the perfect mix of wit and grit.
Michael Caine is outstanding as the leader of a large gang of British criminals who rob 4 million dollars worth of gold bullion from the Fiat factory in Turin, Italy.
Noel Coward is hilarious as the all powerful mastermind who helps Caine by pulling all the strings from within his (very lax) prison cell.
Everything about the film is perfect, the performance, the music (by Quincy Jones), the amazing cinematography by the great Douglas Slocombe, and of course the car stunts, which haven’t aged a bit and ironically are even more memorable than the ones in the new re-make.
The DVD is fantastic and contains over an hour of fascinating interviews with the screenwriter, the producers, actors, and the widow of Peter Collinson, the director.
(The energetic theme song by Quincy Jones – The Self Preservation Society)