The Italian Job
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The quintessential British caper film of the 1960s, The Italian Job is a flashy, fast romp that chases a team of career criminals throughout one of the biggest international gold heists in history. Michael Caine is Charlie Croker, a stylish robber and skirt-chaser just out of British prison. Shunning rehabilitation for recidivism, Croker takes over "The Italian Job," a complicated plan to hijack gold bullion from Italy -- right from underneath the noses of the Italian Police and the Mafia. The job, whose original mastermind was murdered, clearly requires the sponsorship of a richer,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Caine and Coward play a splendid game of verbal tennis, but by the final reel the laughs are lost in an anthology of dull and deafening car chases."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"The film is technically sophisticated and emotionally retarded."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Worthy simply for Benny Hill and his love for "big ladies""
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"Overrated heist film whose climactic chase scene is one of its few redeeming values."
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"The chase is so good it makes the rest of the film pale in comparison."
‑ Christopher Null,
"The cast does its stuff to good effect. Coward, as the highly patriotic, business-like master crook, brings all his imperturbable sense of irony and comedy to his role."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The gold is then stashed in a bus, and the predictable chase ensues."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Superior crime caper that's a little too pleased with itself, but only a little."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Very much of its time without ever looking too dated, The Italian Job embraces the classic caper set-up."
‑ Nik Huggins, Future Movies UK
"Ótimos (e hilários) diálogos, uma incrível perseguição final e o carisma - e o cinismo - de Michael Caine transformam este filme em uma experiência imperdível."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"As a modest fun movie, it works, much helped by deep casting contrasts and a nice sense of absurd proportions."
‑ , Time Out
"As a film, The Italian Job is hardly a work of unalloyed genius; but as a reminder of the time when Britannia really was cool, it's peerless."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"It's the sort of smoothly entertaining and slyly intelligent crowd-pleasing spectacle that will never go out of style."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"1969's The Italian Job is a freewheeling, completely unpretentious chase comedy."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Fast, funny and featuring a welter of great one-liners, this is highly entertaining stuff."
‑ , Film4
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