The Italian Job (1969)

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Comic caper movie about a plan to steal a gold shipment from the streets of Turin by creating a traffic jam. (IMDb)
Uneven, at best: Paper thin and forgettable characters pepper a mediocre heist plot marked by either awkwardly blatant exposition (see the crew introductions) or virtually none at all (was the winding escape route part of the plan? Who knows)–yet there is some unique camerawork, and a scrumptiously classy soundtrack improves everything it touches (the tedious silent driving scenes later on only emphasize this). An unexpected and amusing cliffhanger ending (literally) ends things on a good note.
6/10 (Mediocre)

6 thoughts on “The Italian Job (1969)

  1. Huh, I never knew that F. Gary Gray’s 2003 version was a remake (although I haven’t seen it in ages, and I don’t remember much of it, anyway). Excellent review, Joel!

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