Parents' Guide to

The Italian Job (1969)

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Classic, fun caper has outdated views, moderate violence.

Movie G 1969 99 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Great heist movie

Good action packed heist movie. leaves you wondering what will happen next in every scene! Downsides for younger viewers: People are flipped off twice. Female is seen in a bra. Some people are shot. Swearing including one f-word. Overall good movie and very entertaining. (I don’t have kids but I am an adult with younger siblings and cousins and whose parents valued clean movies)

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Released in 1969, this is a real classic of its genre, imbued with the charm and wit of British filmmaking. The Italian Job is certainly a little of its time, but the means of storytelling is timeless, following the tried and tested narrative formula of "it was supposed to be so easy." Naturally, the ambush and theft at the heart of this tale is anything but.

Caine is at his beguiling best in the lead role, and truly this film owes much to his central performance. He brings the character to life, and it's his charm and indelible delivery that has taken this from being your substandard crime caper to being a film still watched and talked about today. The car chases are exceptional too, and ahead of their time, as they weave in and out of the picturesque Italian landscape. At just over an hour and a half, this is an easy yet always enjoyable way to spend your time -- and should remain so for decades to come.

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