|Michael Caine as Charlie Croker; The Italian Job (1969).|
Despite the high regard I had always heard about the film, it was really hard to watch. I actually stopped watching it midway through and it took several weeks before I worked up the courage to finishing it. Quincy Jones' soundtrack was annoying and the story and characters were, frankly, boring.
|Mark Wahlberg as Charlie Croker; The Italian Job (2003).|
Look at some of the top grossing films in that period: Von Ryan's Express (#10, 1965), The Graduate (#2, 1967), Bonnie & Clyde (#3, 1967), The Thomas Crown Affair (#9, 1968), Midnight Cowboy (#4, 1969) - These are gritty, character driven pieces that all basically end abruptly in tragedy, loss, despair and agony. Barring The Graduate and maybe Midnight Cowboy, they all are pretty hard to watch now.
|Loading the gold; The Italian Job (1969).|
While there are a number of similarities during the car chases, these are two separate films that share very little resemblance to each other. And maybe that's okay. I'm not sure you could do a shot for shot remake of the original now; it would bore us all to tears. Either that or it would be x rated; it was the swinging 60's.
|Entering the subway; The Italian Job (2003).|