This Brexit of comedy crime capers pits an unlikely alliance of British cons against Continental forces, including the Italian mob, in a scheme to steal a shipment of gold from a Fiat plant in Turin. Driving a fleet of British Mini-Coopers as their getaway cars, they plan to escape by disrupting the city’s elaborate computer-controlled traffic system and creating a massive gridlock. Michael Caine, as the recently paroled mastermind Charlie, teams up with two fellow countrymen: Mr. Bridger, an imprisoned crime boss (Noel Coward), and the nebbishy Professor Peach (Benny Hill). The film builds on a theme of us against them, Britain vs. Europe, culminating in a daredevil climax. A remake in 2003, with Mark Wahlberg, Donald Sutherland and Edward Norton, didn’t quite match the original’s flair.
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