One of the most clever and enjoyable movies from the familiar genre of the suave- robber-who-can't-go-straight school of movie action, this film links up Michael Caine, Noel Coward (in his last film role), Raf Vallone, Benny Hill and Maggie Blye.
The caper involves creating a giant traffic jam in the middle of Turin and making off with a large amount of gold that actually should be ripped off fair and square by the Italian Mafia. A passel of Mini Coopers then just make a quick mountain swing into Switzerland to celebrate the joys of a job well done!
Although things do not quite as well as that plan intended.
"The Italian Job" features some great toss-away lines by Caine and a amusing performance by Coward as "Mr. Bridger" a powerful if jailed crime boss (who enjoys looking at formal portraits of Her Majesty in his private cell.) It also has a lot of beautiful women, great Renaissance architecture, and some great car racing stunts and an ending in the Alps that will literally leave you hanging!