The Italian Job Charlie has a “job” to do. Having just left prison, he finds one of his friends has attempted a high risk job in Italy right under the nose of the Mafia. Charlie’s friend doesn’t get very far, so Charlie takes over the “job”. Using three Mini Coopers, a couple of Jaguars, and a bus, he hopes to bring Torino to a standstill, steal the gold, and escape.
The Original – There is no comparison.
The Italian Job It is unfortunate that the 2003 film was released with the same name as the 1969 film because it clouds the (unsophisticated) mind with subjective judgment. For everyone who compares the two films – stop! The original was filmed in a different time period and the viewer must make a conscious effort to put him/herself in that state of mind to understand it. The film is pure entertainment, and it accomplishes that with humor and some clever stunts. As viewers, we need to be objective and aware of the differences that have arisen on so many levels as the years have passed.
For those who complain that the premise of the heist is not realistic, it was never supposed to be. Consider that if it had been intended as a realistic portrayal, the crooks would have killed those in their way and taken the loot without concern for collateral damage. The existing plot kept the mood decidedly “all in good fun.”
The Italian Job Michael Caine made as good a performance as ever in this film. It is fun for fans of him to see the many different roles he has undertaken in his prolific career.
This thing starts moving and doesn’t let go of you until the end, at which point you wish you were still on the ride going. We were surprised that we’d never herd of this before, especially since so many scenes are in video games these days (and times past). The Italian Job
This isn’t one of those movies you spend your time thinking about, just sit down, watch, and let the movie unfold before you. If you’re looking for good entertainment, this is it. If you are looking for meaning and some sort of significance, look elsewhere.