The Italian Job (1969)

Admittedly, I quite enjoy the 2003 version of The Italian Job starring Marky Mark. But I figured that as I get older and can really appreciate some older flicks, I ought to catch up the classics.

So the 2003 version of the movie? Not really at all like the ’69 version. What were the similarities?

– Three Mini Coopers
– Armored truck
– Gold

That’s really about it. The original (from now on, I’m only talking about the original just to clarify) was simple: bunch of guys stealing some gold. There really wasn’t any fancy technology. And more importantly, there weren’t any bad guys thwarting them every step of the way. The heisters (is there a proper noun for someone who does heists? Do you just call them robbers? Thieves? I’m not sure) only had to maintain control in order to accomplish the heist.

The acting was good. Honestly, most of the movie was just Michael Caine’s Charlie telling people what to do. Everyone else had a few one-liners in response to Charlie but that’s about it. And really, what more do you need?

The best part of the movie was the actual heist. 3/4s of the movie was spent watching them plan everything. The getaway starring the three Mini Coopers was some inspired shit. They led the coppers on a wild goose chase but ultimately, the police just couldn’t keep up. Check this shit out:

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Oh, just some Mini Cooper s on top of a building to confuse a cop and then just leaving.

Oh, just some Mini Cooper s on top of a building to confuse a cop and then just leaving.

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Then they go to a car dealership and slide right into three open spots and then boop! Policeman can't find them!

Then they go to a car dealership and slide right into three open spots and then boop! Policeman can’t find them!

It certainly isn’t an action packed movie. It relies more on being clever than it does on being cool or slick as the Marky Mark version does. There’s no safe cracking or cool gadgets. In fact, the best part is the ending because it’s at least a little ambiguous, but I won’t spoil it for you. It’s a good heist movie and it’s Michael Caine. Stop reading this and watch it.

**** stars

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