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->''"[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g_GeQR8fJo You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!]]"''
-->--'''Charlie Croker''', after Arthur blows up the panel truck they've been practicing with

''For the 2003 film, see [[Film/TheItalianJob2003 here]].''

A 1969 film starring MichaelCaine, involving him being let out of prison and gathering a gang of bank robbers together to rob a van full of gold. Involves one of the best car chases in cinema (with Mini Coopers) and one of the most famous lines in cinema, when someone uses ''slightly'' too much explosive on a van during a test and is reminded [[MemeticMutation "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!"]]

A highly popular British film and often repeated on TV. Years later an episode of ''MacGyver'', "Thief of Budapest", lifted most of the film's iconic car chase, using creative editing to transpose it from Turin to Hungary! Years after that, a {{Driver}} style driving action game based on the movie was released on the original PlayStation.

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!!You're only supposed to blow the bloody tropes off!!
* AffablyEvil: Mr Bridger especially, who is polite and well mannered at all times. He is, however, such a ruthless criminal mastermind that he's got the entire prison -- including the Wardens -- terrified of him.
* BadassBoast: Charlie tells the Mafia boss that if he kills them, Bridger will have every Italian establishment in major cities across England smashed and every Italian driven into the sea. And the scary thing is, ''he's probably not lying.''
* BadassDriver: A number of characters.
* BlackAndGreyMorality: The AffablyEvil Brits and the FauxAffablyEvil Mafia.
* BlatantLies: Charlie and the Garage Owner who maintain the illusion that Charlie's been on holiday, knowing full well that he's just gotten out of the nick.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Prof. Peach has some varied interests. Some benign, like picking flowers (which slows the gang down), some more [[ChubbyChaser aggressive]] (which got him put in a home). But because he's the best computer expert, these foibles are overlooked.
* ButtMonkey: Arthur.
--> '''Arthur''': But Charlie, me in the back with my asthma?!
--> *Cue DeathGlare from Charlie and everyone falls silent*
* TheCameo: Henry [=McGee=] from ''Series/TheBennyHillShow'' as Charlie's tailor.
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Charlie, who gets caught "on the job" with 3 naked women, by his girlfriend. Ironically, as Charlie points out, the night before she let him sleep with several other women, including her, as his present for leaving prison.
* CliffHanger: [[spoiler:Literally.]]
* TheCrimeJob
* CoolCar: This movie has a Lamborghini Miura, an Aston Martin [=DB4=], two Jaguar E-types, several Alfa Romeo police cars, a Bedford VAL coach, and of course, the three Mini Cooper S's which out-drive them all (along with a minibus full of crooks disguised as England football team supporters.)
* CoversAlwaysLie: The iconic film poster features a naked woman, money, and a gun as a means of attracting the audience (albeit they do appear later on in the film), and also implies more romance and violence than the film actually has. This would be the American poster, however. The iconic ''British'' poster features the three [[CoolCar Mini's]]. ''Which are much sexier''.
* CreatorCameo: That lunatic hanging on the back of the bus when the Minis drive on board is the director, Peter Collinson.
* DeadHatShot: The Mafia victim at the start of the film leaves behind his sunglasses and cigarette.
* DrivingIntoATruck: The three Mini Coopers make their getaway by driving up into the back of a converted bus.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: Numerous cars get pushed over cliffs. While the wrecks are spectacular, none of them explode except for the very last one, which goes up massively and rather spontaneously.
* EvilVersusEvil: The "good guys" are English criminals and the [[DesignatedVillain "villains"]] are the Italian Mafia.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Bridger clearly approves of Charlie's plan for a heist and is impressed how he managed to break into the prison he'd just been released from, ''[[RefugeInAudacity without anyone noticing!]]'' Nonetheless, he has him beaten up, because one simply does '''[[SeriousBusiness not]]''' barge into another man's private ''toilet!''
* FirstNameBasis: While everyone is on this with each other, only [[WickedCultured Chris]] refers to everyone by their full Christian names.
* {{Gayngster}}: Camp Freddy [[GangOfHats and his gang]], and arguably Mr. Bridger too, given NoelCoward's real life sexual preference. Mr. Bridger's 'assistant' was Coward's real life partner. Because Coward had started his descent into dementia by this point, his partner was there to help him, and provide a familiar face.
* GreatWhiteHunter: Croker pretends to be this when trying to explain his [[JustGotOutOfJail long absence]] to the garage manager looking after his Aston.
-->'''Manager:''' You must have shot an ''awful'' lot of tigers, sir.
-->'''Croker:''' Yes, I used a machine gun.
* HackTheTrafficLights: A pre-Internet example; the computer tape reel that controls Turin's traffic system is swapped out for an altered one.
* HaveAGayOldTime: "Camp Freddy, everybody in the ''world'' is bent!" "Bent" in this case means "crooked," not "gay." Didn't help that the line was delivered by NoelCoward.
* HonourBeforeReason: Why Bridger has Charlie beaten up for [[FelonyMisdemeanor breaking into his toilet]].
* ICallItVera: Charlie refers to his grappling hook as "Hazel".
* {{Irony}}: The film runs on it.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Charlie. He may play around and frequently upset his girlfriend, but he clearly cares enough about her not to have her get hurt if they get pinched doing the job.
* LeitMotif: Bridger has "Rule Britannia" on harpsichord.
* LiteralCliffHanger: "Hang on a minute lads, I've got a great idea! Err..." The Royal Society of Chemistry ran a competition to solve the conundrum. [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7845533.stm This was the result]].
* LuxuryPrisonSuite: Done for comedy. Mr. Bridger, criminal kingpin, lives the life of a proper gentleman within his prison cell. It seems to be merely formality that he's there at all.
* TheMafia: Or "the Maffya" as Mr. Bridger pronounces it.
* MightAsWellNotBeInPrisonAtAll: Mr. Bridger, to the point that his reaction when Charlie breaks in to talk to him is to complain huffily to the governor about the lapse in security.
* MoodWhiplash: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKqCtOUeXbY&feature=related impossibly stylish intro]] where you're cruising around the [[SceneryPorn beautiful Alps]] in your [[CoolCar Lamborghini]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamborghini_Miura Miura]], set to the dulcet tones of Matt Monro. You drive into a tunnel... KABOOM. Cue the remains of you and your car being pushed by bulldozer into a river.
* NeverBareheaded: Arthur.
* NoEnding: The Hayes Code at the time forbade criminals from getting happy endings. The production team opted for this rather than have them get caught.
* NoKillLikeOverkill: The van in question.
* NoodleImplements: Subverted. Charlie and Freddy share a look when they mishear that Peach was caught doing something obscene "with a net". It was actually with ''Annette''.
* PosthumousCharacter: Beckerman, who had the whole job planned out before the Mafia killed him in the opening scene, and appears in video logs explaining it (intended for Mr. Bridger's benefit, but used as briefing materials for the new crew).
* ProductPlacement: Subverted. Fiat offered "hero" cars for the chase scenes, but the producers went with (purchased) Minis instead for [[UsefulNotesOnBritain patriotic reasons]]. In fact, Croker's Gang uses exclusively British vehicles. Fiat still pops up everywhere since they're in Italy and stealing Fiat's gold.
* RefugeInAudacity:
** Charlie breaks back into the same prison he's just been released from, armed only with a crowbar and grappling hook ([[ICallItVera "Hazel"]]) and somehow manages to get inside Bridger's locked Private Bathroom, simply to tell him his plan... and then leaves, with ''no-one ever the wiser.''
** The entire Italian Job heist itself is this.
* RuthlessForeignGangsters: TheMafia are presented this way, although technically, it is the British criminals who are muscling in on them and it's implied that the theft will destabilize the Italian economy.
* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: Mr Bridger, in spite of being a criminal. Played by Noel Coward, no less.
* SnicketWarningLabel
* ShameIfSomethingHappened: "This your car? Pretty car." ''*crunch*''
* SharpDressedMan : Charlie in spades.
* StalkerShrine: Mr. Bridger is a ''very'' loyal subject of Queen Elizabeth II.
* StealTheSurroundings: A minor example (though similar to the 2003 film). Rather than attempt to steal the gold in the street surrounded by guards, the first part of the raid has the crew tow the van carrying the gold inside a building.
-->'''Charlie Croker''': ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g_GeQR8fJo You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!]]''
* TelevisionGeography: the car chase makes no sense geographically, it's just designed to [[SceneryPorn show off Turin]].
* TheChick: Lorna, the only woman in Charlie's team.
* UpperClassTwit: The three "[[http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/92000.html chinless wonders]]" are initially presented like this.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** The Professor gets pinched by the Polizia for harassing a "BIG Woman!" on a tram, then disappears from the rest of the film and we never find out what happened to him. No doubt however, it was probably hilarious.
** The Mafia gangsters are last seen trying to find out how Charlie's gang planned to get out of the traffic jam. They're left as {{Karma Houdini}}s.
* WickedCultured:
** Mr Bridger, an QuintessentialBritishGentleman who is also a crimelord.
** Chris, one of the getaway drivers, gets the landing wrong.
--> '''Chris:''' T-t-terribly sorry, Charles.
* YesMan: Bill. Taking a [[DrinkingGame drink]] everytime he says "Yes, Charlie", is ''not'' recommended.

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