use of the original Mini Coopers as the getaway cars is also inspired;
their small size, excellent handling, good turn of speed and the fact
that they were currently being built under license by an Italian firm
based in Turin,
the setting of the heist, all contribute to the fun of the chase. And
the efforts of Remy Julienne and his stunt team certainly don't hurt;
the knowledge that all of these stunts were done for real, not by computer
imagery, is impressive
originally had a different ending to the film, of the team driving off
into sunset, one of the producers came up with the current closure which
leaves the film on a cliff-hanger, so to speak; which wasn't supported
by the entire crew, but has proved to be a winner. No other film has
had such a open and inventive ending as The Italian Job.
film is a perfect example of British inspiration which lead to one of
the most influential comedy capers of all time.