The Italian Job
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.
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.