Donna Powers and Wayne Powers’ version of The Italian Job is a remake of the original by Troy Kennedy Martin. And the way they’ve chosen to go-about with it is arguably better than its source material. Whereas Martin’s slowly and frustratingly built-up to the Italian Job, and ended it in the aftermath, the Powers’ idea of it is to begin in Italy and deal with the recuperations. Director Donald D. Line claims it actually isn’t a remake, and only shares the title. But that just isn’t true – there’s the protagonist, Charlie Croker, his mentor, John Bridger, as well as the Mini Coopers and the sewer chase. It isn’t so much a remake as a remix, and it’s almost – almost – a sequel to the original.
The Italian Job is considered to be a classic example of quintessentially British comedy. When I first saw this as a child, it definitely was. This is the first feature I can remember seeing, as is the one I’d cite as being responsible for my love of cinema all these years later.