Italian Job blows away contemporary competition... Sixties classic voted best British film ever

It seems they really don’t make them like they used to.

Sixties classic The Italian Job has been voted the greatest British film of all time, despite competition from modern favourites such as Harry Potter.

The film sees Michael Caine lead a gang of criminals in a plot to steal gold bars from an armoured convoy in Turin.

The Sixties classic, which sees Michael Caine lead a gang of criminals in a plot to steal gold bars from an armoured convoy in Turin, received 15 per cent of the vote in a poll by Sky Movies HD

The Sixties classic, which sees Michael Caine lead a gang of criminals in a plot to steal gold bars from an armoured convoy in Turin, received 15 per cent of the vote in a poll by Sky Movies HD

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It features a host of spectacular stunts such as driving Mini Coopers on the roof of the city’s Palazzo de Vella arena and down the steps of the Gran Madre de Dio church – all before the invention of computer generated effects.

Some 15 per cent of movie fans questioned for the poll by Sky Movies HD voted for The Italian Job, with 7 per cent picking Monty Python’s The Life of Brian and 6 per cent choosing The Full Monty.

Sir Anthony Hopkins was voted the country’s greatest actor followed by Sir Laurence Olivier and Caine in third place.

Dame Judi Dench was named greatest British actress followed by Dame Helen Mirren.

Colin Firth, tipped to pick up an Oscar for his performance in The King’s Speech, and Keira Knightley won best supporting actor and actress while Alfred Hitchcock was voted best director.

The Italian Job voted best British film ever

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