Starring Michael Caine and featuring the iconic British Mini Coopers, the 1969 film “The Italian Job” has endured as a cult classic.
Opening on the 5th of June in 1969 at the Plaza cinema in London, the unusual combination of Noel Coward, Michael Caine, and Benny Hill planning a bullion raid in Italy resulted in memorable scenes of minis driving where they shouldn’t – through shopping arcades and across rooftops.
The audience gets behind Michael Caine’s daring crew and wishes them to succeed with their criminal endeavours but, given the morality of the time where crime couldn’t be shown to pay, the film ended on a literal cliffhanger to keep both censors and cinema-goers happy.
The censors can envisage the Italian police catches up with the gold-laden bus, whereas the audience, most of whom would have been rooting for the gang, can hope that Charlie Croker genuinely has a great idea to get the lads out of their precariously-balanced predicament.
The film also starred the gorgeous Valerie Leon and national treasure Irene Handl.
If you fancy re-watching “The Italian Job”, or discovering the film anew, it’s available on DVD from Amazon or via download at iTunes.
Great Idea Pop Art
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Part of the 1960s Capers collection of stylish pop art prints inspired by 1960s spy & crime films & TV shows, featuring Art & Hue’s signature halftone style (halftone is an age-old technique that uses dots to make up the printed image, similar to newspapers or comic books).
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