Directed by: Peter Collinson
Starring: Benny Hill, Michael Caine, Noel Coward, Raf Vallone
Genres: Action, Comedy, Crime
Question: What happened at the end? How did they get out of that fix?
Chosen answer: We may never know. The ending was originally a set-up for a sequel, but the sequel never materialized.
The Italian Job
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Charlie Croker: You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!
While Bridger is watching the film of the Mafia boss following Beckerman he signals for the film to be stopped so he can look at the close up shot of the man. He is watching a 16mm film shown through a bog standard projector - stop a film like that for more than two seconds without closing down the projector shutter (this doesn't happen - if it did the screen would darken instantly) and it will melt and catch fire. This doesn't happen.
The film is primarily about cars and driving. Star Michael Caine could not drive at the time the movie was made. Charlie Croker is assumed to be driving when he picks up his Aston Martin at the garage but in the next shot, we see it arrive outside a hotel. Caine only gets out of the stationary Aston Martin. In other scenes, including the trip to Turin and the gold heist, Caine is a passenger. However, he is seen driving his E-type Jaguar into the Turin building where the Minis are being modified. The DVD confirms that Caine couldn't drive, but could just about manage the basics.