The Italian Job, 1969
visit the film locations
Notting Hill (tube: Notting Hill Gate, District, Circle and Central Lines)
Royal Lancaster Hotel, Lancaster Terrace, Bayswater (tel: 020.7262.6737) (tube: Bayswater, Central Line)
Dublin: Flights: Dublin Airport
Kilmainham Jail, Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8. Closed in 1924, there's a guided tour of the history of Kilmainham including visiting cells and seeing the signatures of famous prisoners on the wall. (admission charge)
Turin: Flights: Turin International Airport
The Italian Job location: Charlie Croker’s Swinging London pad: Denbigh Close, Notting Hill, London SW11
Probably the most recognisable of the capital’s correctional facilities, the Scrubs is seen in countless films, including Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy. In a typically quirky reverse of the way its usually featured on-screen, David Warner escapes into the prison in Karel Reisz’s Sixties classic Morgan – A Suitable Case for Treatment.
The prison’s interior, though, where Mr Bridger (Noël Coward) masterminds the daring heist, is Kilmainham Jail, Inchicore Road, Dublin (now disused, it’s where the prison scenes for In the Name of the Father, with Daniel Day-Lewis were shot).
The Italian Job location: Charlie Croker’s coming-out party: The Royal Lancaster Hotel, Bayswater
His oh-so-sixties bric-a-brac cluttered flat is 18 Denbigh Close, off the north end of Portobello Road, W11, next to Alice’s junk shop, in Notting Hill (tube: Notting Hill Gate: District, Circle and Central Lines).
The job is organised in the luxurious highrise of Peninsula Heights (formerly Alembic House), Albert Embankment, also seen in Sweeney!, A Touch Of Class and Theatre of Blood.
Once the plan is in motion, it's an oddly public place that Charlie and Arthur choose to test explosives.
The Italian Job location: “You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!”: Canada Gates, Crystal Palace Park, London
They watch from the foot of the enormous television transmitter mast at Crystal Palace Park as the white van, parked on a small green patch by the park's Canada Gates entrance, is blown to smithereens, and "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" enters the lexicon of classic movie quotes.
The park is alongside Crystal Palace Railway Station (rail: London Victoria), and is named after the old Crystal Palace – the giant glass exhibition hall built for the Great Exhibition of 1851 and moved here from its original site in Hyde Park. The Palace was destroyed by fire in 1936 but, if you’re visiting, don’t miss the park’s extraordinary Victorian concrete dinosaurs.
The robbery itself takes place in Turin during a massive traffic jam. The jam starts by the Palazzo Madama on Piazza Castello. Unlike BMC, manufacturers of the Mini, who offered minimal co-operation, Fiat offered limitless help.
The rooftop leap, in fact, was filmed on the roof of the Fiat factory, dressed to look like a Turin street. The chase through the sewer was staged in England. Although the entrance and exit were filmed in Turin, the length of sewer used was a new pipe system being installed in Coventry in the West Midlands.
The famous ending, dreamed up by a Paramount executive in Hollywood, hated by director Peter Collinson and star Caine, and assigned to a Second Unit, was filmed above a reservoir at Ceresole Reale, about 40 miles northwest of Turin.