Italian Job (1969)

The Italian Job (1969)

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Director: Peter Collinson

Cast: Michael Caine, Noël Coward, Benny Hill

     
 

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The original version of The Italian Job gets the deluxe treatment on this DVD release from Paramount. The disc presents the film in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental

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The original version of The Italian Job gets the deluxe treatment on this DVD release from Paramount. The disc presents the film in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by film producer Michael Deeley, and author of The Making of The Italian Job Matthew Field. Three behind-the-scenes featurettes, trailers, and a deleted scene round out his solid DVD.

Editorial Reviews

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The Italian Job is a quick, fun celebration of British ingenuity and wit. Its style is fast, gaudy, and hilarious; its players are clever, flippant, and rakish. Michael Caine's Croker is handsome, natty, and has a mischievous penchant for orgies, plotting, and international escapades. Caine gives Croker a cocksure panache that is skillfully matched by Noël Coward's command as the odd Mr. Bridger. Their scheme to steal gold bullion while distracting the police with a traffic jam proves excellent fodder for antics and car chases, allowing the film to end in the patriotic flair of the British flag as red, white, and blue Mini-coopers race through Italy, driving over buildings and waterfalls and into the Italian hillside. For this sequence, director Peter Collinson enlisted Quincy Jones and Beatles producer George Martin to create the pop anthem "Getta Bloomin' Move On" (more commonly known as "Self-preservation Society"), a tune that jokingly adds to the atmosphere of a "British Invasion." The Italian Job was a smash in Britain and abroad, and is remembered as an archetypal and influential British caper film; compare the last few frames of Guy Ritchie's modern hit Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels to the final moments of The Italian Job to find an homage to the earlier picture.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
UPC:
0097360505542
Original Release:
1969
Rating:
G
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
10,866

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by producer Michael Deeley and Matthew Field, author of "The Making of The Italian Job"; Three making-of documentaries; Deleted scene with commentary by Matthew Field; Theatrical trailer; Re-release trailer; Widescreen version enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround, Restored English Mono; English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Caine Charlie Croker
Noël Coward Mr. Bridger
Benny Hill Prof. Simon Peach
Raf Vallone Altabani
Tony Beckley Freddie
Rossano Brazzi Beckerman
Margaret Blye Lorna
Irene Handl Miss Peach
John Le Mesurier Governor
Graham Payn Keats
Michael Standing Arthur
Harry Baird Big William
Robert Rietty Police Chief
Simon Dee Shirtmaker
Lelia Goldoni Mme. Beckerman
Valerie Leon Actor
Henry McGee Tailor
John Morris Actor
Louis Mansi Computer Room Official
Fred Emney Birkenshaw
John Clive Garage Manager
George Innes Bill Bailey
John Forgeham Frank
Robert M. Powell Yellow
Derek Ware Rozzer
Frank Jarvis Roger
Renato Romano Cosca
Timothy Bateson Dentist
David Kelly Vicar
Arnold Diamond Senior Computer Room Official
Alastair Hunter Warder in Prison Cinema
Frank Kelly Prisoner in cell

Technical Credits
Peter Collinson Director
Don Black Songwriter
Michael Deeley Producer
Dinah Greet Costumes/Costume Designer
Disley Jones Production Designer
Quincy Jones Score Composer
Remy Julienne Stunts
Troy Kennedy Martin Screenwriter
Pat Moore Special Effects
Ken Morris Special Effects
Douglas Slocombe Cinematographer
John Trumper Editor
Freddie Williamson Makeup
Scott Wodehouse Asst. Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Alpine Highway "Accident"
2. Charlie Croker Gets Out
3. Beckerman's Unfinished Plans
4. "Good Evening, Mr. Bridger."
5. Professor Simon Peach
6. Practice Makes Perfect
7. A Mafia Welcome
8. Liabilities and Last Details
9. The Gold Hits Traffic
10. It's Caper Time
11. "They Went That'a Way."
12. Finding the Bloody Exit
13. The Job Is Done
14. A Great Idea
15. "The Self Preservation Society"

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The Italian Job (1969) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love this movie! Love the actors/actresses. Love the story line. Adore the Minis! But that theme tune! It's brill! With or without the singing, I love it! Quincy Jones must be the best music composer in the world, to make up such a cheeky, smug and English tune! It fits perfectly with the Mini Coopers, that are a cheeky English car, that I love! So, come on and watch it ( if u haven't already ) coz 'It's Caper Time!'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Both versions that I saw, (1969 and 2003), were hilarious. I was laughing so hard I started tearing. Even if u don't buy it, RENT it. This is a must see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked it. If you liked Oceans 11/12 you'll like this too!
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