Their scheme involves causing a major traffic jam in the middle of Turin, Italy, which allows them to steal gold ingots from an armored car. The gold is then stashed in a bus, and the predictable chase ensues.
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The Italian Job isn’t the first movie to take car chases into strange and new environments, but it sure is creative.
As a comic heist film, The Italian Job is diverting, though slight. As a feature-length advertisement for the MINI Cooper, however, it's an unqualified triumph.
The brio and ambition of The Italian Job can’t be doubted and Caine has enormous charisma.
The film is technically sophisticated and emotionally retarded.