Charlies’ got a ‘Job’ to do. Having just left prison he finds one of friends has attempted a high risk job in Italy, right under the nose of the Mafia. Charlies 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. —IMDb
Peter Collinson (1 April 1936 – 16 December 1980) was a British film director probably best known for directing the 1969 movie The Italian Job.
Peter Collinson was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire in 1936. His parents, an actress and a musician, separated when he was two years old; he was raised by his grandparents. From ages eight to 14 he attended the Actor’s Orphanage in Chertsey, Surrey where he had the chance to write and act in many plays. Noel Coward, who was president of the orphanage at the time, became his godfather and helped him to obtain jobs in the entertainment industry.
In 1954 he was called up for national service and served two years in Malaya during the Malayan Emergency.
His early television work included time as a floor manager for the BBC and directing for ATV at Elstree studios where he met Michael Klinger who would offer him the director role on his first film, The Penthouse. Collinson also worked with Telef… read more
Let me put it this way. This movie is such a steaming turd that it makes the remake (which is also awful) look like On the Waterfront. I know that compares apples to oranges but its still a waste of 99 minutes. Benny Hill was the best part and he got less than 5 minutes of screen time! I feel like I need to watch Get Carter just to purge the desire to kick Michael Caine in the balls for being in this movie.
The picture ends on the greatest cliffhanger, literally and figuratively, in motion picture history. As for the picture itself...it's great fun. The picturemakers responsible for the Ocean's Eleven trilogy should've studied The Italian Job before making their three tedious flicks. It's effortlessly and endlessly charming. If movies are escapistic, then go...fly, jet...to Italy and U.K. and stay there for 99 minutes.
Going in, I didn't realize it was meant to be a *spoof* of a heist film. More than anything I thought of 80s action/comedy TV like *The Dukes of Hazzard* or *The A-Team*, with the comedy being just about as successful. Other than Benny Hill's mini-monologue about his love of "big" women, most of the gags fall flat (with Caine coming off as an exasperated den mother trying to keep all the members of his
Oscar winning British producer Michael Deeley (“Blade Runner” & “The Deer Hunter”) teams up with then up-and-coming British director Peter Collinson (“The Penthouse” & “Up the Junction”) and… read review