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Alfie/Zulu/The Italian Job (1969)

Region: (unknown)
UPC/Barcode: 5014437855138
Released: 7th June 2004
Release type: Deleted
No. of Discs: (unknown)
Catalogue No: PHE8551
Category: Feature, Modern Classic
Format: DVD / Box Set
Alfie/Zulu/The Italian Job (1969) (Box Set) (Deleted)


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Film information

Story: Michael Caine triple bill. In 'Alfie', Alfie (Caine in his first starring role) is a streetwise womaniser in swinging Sixties London. His conquests are numerous, from common-law wife Gilda (Julia Foster) to frustrated housewife Lily (Vivien Merchant), but the chirpy cockney's sexual antics catch up with him faster than he had counted on. The film is now seen as a period piece of Sixties British Cinema and to show the consequences of the sexual revolution that began in that era (Alfie is not repentent about his harsh treatment of the women in his life and so never quite finds fulfilment), was nominated for 6 Academy Awards and has a soundtrack by jazz musician Sonny Rollins. 'Zulu' is the epic story of the battle of Rorke's Drift, on January 22nd 1879, where 1,200 British troops found themselves completely outnumbered by irate Zulu warriors in Natal, South Africa. Having already destroyed a very large British garrison, 4,000 Zulu warriors are now on their way to overcome the handful of men stationed at Rorke's Drift. The two lieutenants in charge of the garrison (Stanley Baker and Caine) are at odds with each other, but manage to rally the men together and put up a courageous fight - only a few of the men survived, 11 receiving the Victoria Cross. In 'The Italian Job', upon leaving jail, petty criminal Charlie Croker (Caine) inherits a carefully planned $4,000,000 gold robbery in Italy. With the original mastermind of the plan murdered, Croker needs financial backing and finds it in Mr Bridger (Noel Coward in his last screen role), a quintessential English crime boss still incarcerated by Her Majesty's Prison Service. Bridger supplies Charlie with his own gang of bank robbers, getaway drivers and computer whizz-kids, and helps him plan the heist (during the practice runs Caine utters the infamous phrase 'you were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off'), which results in the world's biggest traffic jam. The gang's getaway in red, white and blue minis is accompanied by the tune 'Getta Bloomin Move On' (aka 'Self Preservation Society') written by Quincy Jones and George Martin.

Starring: Michael Caine, Julia Foster, Vivien Merchant, Shelley Winters, Millicent Martin, Jane Asher, Shirley Anne Field, Denholm Elliott, Alfie Bass, Tony Selby, Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson, James Booth, Gary Bond, Chief Buthelezi, Paul Daneman, Glynn Edwards, Ivor Emmanuel, Nigel Green, David Kernan, Patrick Magee, Neil McCarthy, Noel Coward, Benny Hill, Maggie Blye, Tony Beckley, Rossano Brazzi, Simon Dee, Fred Emney, Irene Handl, John le Mesurier, Henry McGee, Graham Payn, Robert Powell, Robert Rietty, Raf Vallone

Directed by: Lewis Gilbert, Cy Endfield, Peter Collinson

Music by: Sonny Rollins, John Barry, Quincy Jones

Produced by: Lewis Gilbert, Stanley Baker, Cy Endfield, Michael Deeley

Written by: Bill Naughton, John Prebble, Troy Kennedy-Martin

DVD information

Studio/distributor: Paramount Home Entertainment

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