The Italian Job

Theatrical Release: September 3, 1969
DVD Release: October 7, 2003


In director Peter Collinson’s Golden Globe-nominated caper flick, enterprising swindler Charlie Croker (Michael Caine) hatches an ingenious plan to steal a huge cache of Chinese gold en route to Turin, Italy, as collateral for a new Fiat plant. The diversion for the heist: A gigantic traffic jam during an Italy-Great Britain soccer match. Incarcerated criminal genius Mr. Bridger (Noel Coward) helps Croker get financing — from his jail cell.

Dove Review

Charlie Croker (Michael Caine) has just been released from prison but he might soon return as he becomes involved in a plot to steal some gold. The job is supposed to take place in Turin, Italy, and Charlie learns the mafia has plans for the gold too. Suddenly the job becomes much more dangerous.

The movie moves at a brisk pace and there are some dashes of humor thrown in. Michael Caine gives us an interesting character who is both good and evil. However, the sex in the movie crosses our line of acceptability and there is a scene in the film in which a kid smokes. We are unable to award our Dove Seal to this film as a family-friendly picture.

Content Description

Sex: Implied sex between unmarried couple and a man has three women in room with him with implied sex in another scene; a few innuendos; talk of a man doing something "obscene" with a woman; a man helps a woman into a bus twice and touches her rear both times.
Language: B-1; Bloody-5
Violence: A car is exploded in order to kill the driver; three men are hired to beat up a character but he escapes from them; several vehicles are blown up and destroyed; some men hold on a gun on a character; woman holds gun on man; cars collide in chase scenes; people are attacked with sticks.
Drugs: Smoking and drinking in several scenes including a scene in which a kid smokes.
Nudity: Cleavage; short skirts; women in lingerie.
Other: Woman says she is driving a stolen car when she picks up her friend; man lies about where he was when he was actually in prison; a few other characters tell lies; kids gamble.


Company: Paramount Home Entertainment
Director: Peter Collinson
Genre: Action
Runtime: 99 min.
Industry Rating: G
Starring: Michael Caine, Noel Coward, Benny Hill, Raf Vallone, Tony Beckley, Rossano Brazzi, Irene Handl, John Le Mesurier Fred Emney Margaret Blye
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter