Let me put it this way. This movie is such a steaming turd that it makes the remake (which is also awful) look like On the Waterfront. I know that compares apples to oranges but its still a waste of 99 minutes. Benny Hill was the best part and he got less than 5 minutes of screen time! I feel like I need to watch Get Carter just to purge the desire to kick Michael Caine in the balls for being in this movie.
3 and a half. Mostly fun movie that sort of loses its steam in the middle but the beginning and ending bits are brilliant. Except for the non-ending ending which will definitely frustrate some people. Great cast and excellent chases.
So English it will transform your teeth into deformed Austin Power grin with one viewing. England were still riding high as FIFA Champions at this point so the air of smug with pictures of the queen is hanging about everywhere in this mini heist film. It's the two fingers up to the mafia with some great sightseeing around Italy but that's about it, no build up and hardly any backstory for the other crew members.
Yes, the dialogue is terrible, but the this is pure action spectacle! One of the best car chase scenes I have ever seen that still holds up today, but also the most literal of all cliffhangers to close the film on. I was really fond of the opening sequence as well, especially with the very comedic and over-the-top "mafia assassination." Peter Collinson and co were really taking the Mickey out of their 1969 audience.
One of the great heist movie. THE ITALIAN JOB is fun, action-packed, exciting, and extremely entertaining. Led by charismatic performance by Michael Caine. THE ITALIAN JOB maybe slow at the beginning. But don't worry, this movie will become exciting in the middle. THE ITALIAN JOB succeed to use all the actors properly. It's about teamwork and it succeed to present it well. Not to mention - that cliffhanger ending...
The film ends on the greatest cliffhanger, literally and figuratively, in motion picture history. As for the film itself... it's great fun. The filmmakers behind the Ocean's Eleven trilogy should've studied The Italian Job before making their three tedious flicks. It's effortlessly and endlessly charming. If films are escapistic, then go, fly, sail, drive, swim - to Italy and U.K. and stay there for 99 minutes.