The Italian Job 1969

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The Italian Job 1969    ( Austin Mk Mini Cooper S -1275 )       1967

The Italian Job 1969 (8)

The Italian Job is a 1969 British caper film, written by Troy Kennedy Martin, produced by Michael Deeley and directed by Peter Collinson. Subsequent television showings and releases on video have established it as an institution in the United Kingdom.

The Italian Job 1969


The Italian Job 1969



Michael CaineMichael Caine
Charlie Croker
Noël CowardNoël Coward
Mr. Bridger
Benny HillBenny Hill
Professor Simon Peach
Raf ValloneRaf Vallone
Tony BeckleyTony Beckley
Rossano BrazziRossano Brazzi

Get A Bloomin Move On Lyrics – Italian Job
This is the self-preservation society
This is the self-preservation society

Go wash your German bands, your boat race too
Comb your Barnet Fair we got a lot to do
Put on your Dickie Dirt and your Peckham Rye
Cause time’s soon hurrying by

Get your skates on mate, get your skates on mate
No bib around your Gregory Peck today, eh?
Drop your plates of meat right up on the seat

This is the self-preservation society
This is the self-preservation society

Gotta get a bloomin move on
Gotta get a bloomin move on
Jump in the jam jar gotta get straight
Hurry up mate – don’t wanna be late
How’s your father?
Tickety boo
Tickety boo
Gotta get a bloomin move on

Self-preservation society
This is the self-preservation society
Put on your almond rocks and daisy roots
Wash your Hampstead Heath and wear your whistle and flute
Lots of lah-di-dahs and cockneys here
Look alive and get out of here

So get your skates on mate, get your skates on mate
No bib around your Gregory Peck today, eh?
Drop your plates of meat right up on the seat

This is the self-preservation society
This is the self-preservation society

Dominic: Shouldn’t we synchronise our watches?
Charlie Croker: Nuts to your watches! You just be at the Piazza at a quarter to…

Charlie Croker: Hang on, lads; I’ve got a great idea.

According to the director’s commentary on the DVD, despite the publicity the film would give to the Mini, Austin Mk Mini Cooper S the car’s maker, BMC, only provided a token fleet of Minis and the production company had to buy the rest at trade price. Fiat offered the production as many super-charged Fiat cars as they needed, several sports cars for the Mafia confrontation scene, plus $50,000, but the producers turned down the offer because it would have meant replacing the Minis with Fiats.

The Minis seen on screen carry registration numbers HMP 729G (Red), GPF 146G (White) and LGW 809G (Blue). As at July 2012, a DVLA query indicates that two of these plates may still be registered; these, however, are not the cars used in the film as the film cars had ‘future dated’ plates to make them current with the release date of the film, and as such would not be allowed to use them on the road. There were also numerous detail differences between the Minis used during filming and the launch of the ‘G’ year suffix. According to the ‘making of’ DVD extra, the Minis used in the chase scenes were all destroyed in accidents while filming the sewer sequence.

Release date: 2 June 1969 (United Kingdom)
Director: Peter Collinson
Screenplay: Troy Kennedy Martin
Music composed by: Quincy Jones
Adaptations: The Italian Job (2003), Players (2012)

Charlie Croker: You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!

During the opening sequence, most of the shots from inside the car show a cloudy day with no shadows, yet most of the exterior views show a sunny day.

BMC (British Motor Corporation), the owners of the Mini, refused to donate any cars to the film. The boss of Fiat Motors, offered to donate all the cars they needed, including Fiat 500s in place of the Minis. The director, however, decided that, as it was a very British film, it should be British Minis. Fiat’s boss still donated scores of cars for filming, as well as the factory grounds, and even though the authorities refused to close the roads, the Italian Mafia stepped in, and shut whole sections of Turin down for filming, so the traffic jams in the film are real, as are people’s actions during it.

Charlie Croker: Just remember this – in this country they drive on the wrong side of the road

The roof to roof jump was filmed on the roof of the Fiat factory. Some crew members walked off, for fear it would end in a fatality, and the Italian Fiat workers made the sign of the cross to the stuntman.

Keats: They say he’s going to do a job in Italy.
Mr. Bridger: Well, I hope he likes spaghetti. They serve it four times a day in the Italian prisons.

The silver Aston Martin DB4 thrown off the cliff by a Mafia bulldozer, was a fake car. The red Jaguar E-Type (smashed up in the same scene), was restored in the 1990s, and featured in a UK classic car magazine. The Lamborghini Miura, which featured in the opening scenes, was recently discovered in a secret car park in Paris, and bought by a collector in Wales (the Miura thrown down the ravine was a wreck).


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