“Hang on, lads; I’ve got a great idea.”
A classic British film, both exciting and funny. Michael Caine plays a Cockney criminal (very possibly he is the archetypal Cockney criminal) called Charlie Croker. About to be released from prison he takes on a devious plan from the prison’s “top con” Mr Bridger (Noël Coward) to steal a large consignment of gold bullion in Turin (that’s in Italy for those of you who don’t know, all 3 of you!) He recruits a team of dubious underworld misfits and an oddball computer expert (Benny Hill) for the job as well as a trio of Mini Coopers and a bus (well a coach really).
Given that it’s essentially a comedy there of course numerous “hitches” in this plan (what else would you expect in a film with Benny Hill in it?) mostly to do with the Mafia who sort of object to a load of English cons nicking Italian gold.
Obviously Michael Caine, Noël Coward and Benny Hill are stars in their own right and the film also features a number of cameo appearances from the likes of Irene Handl and John Le Mesurier. Especially amusing is the way Noël Coward sends himself up!
You can’t go wrong with this, ok it might seem rather “dated” now (especially the Benny Hill parts laced with sexual innuendo and the like) but essentially it’s a good family film and seriously if you haven’t seen it where have you been? Fantastic film all round, especially worth watching on rainy Sunday after a large lunch when you’re all semi-comatose on the sofa.