Thursday, 18 April 2013

The Italian Job (film)

The wonderful free motoring weekend that is Magnificent Motors is returning to Eastbourne over the first May Bank Holiday weekend and will be back in its original seafront venue. Around four hundred classic vehicles will take over the Western Lawns together with live music, a funfair, the Continental Market AND - as if it couldn't get any better - an open air screening of the ultimate motoring movie, The Italian Job on the Saturday evening!

It's the original 1969 film directed by Peter Collinson, not the 2003 remake, and stars the fabulously unlikely trio of Michael Caine, Noel Coward and Benny Hill. It also features the first film role for Robert Powell. Singing along with Get a Bloomin' Move On (Self Preservation Society) isn't compulsory, but probably should be!

When career criminal Charlie Croker (Michael Caine) is given the plans for a daring payroll robbery at Turin's Fiat factory, he breaks into prison to meet with Mr Bridger (Noel Coward) a gang boss whose backing Croker will need. Croker's gang is assembled and head out to Italy. An unexpected bonus of gold is grabbed while gangmember Professor Peach (Benny Hill) screws up Turin's traffic control system causing total gridlock. Seemingly having trapped themselves in the city, the gang reveal their cunning escape plan - three patriotically painted Minis!

Western Lawns, Sat 4th May, 19:30.
Tickets £15 for a carfull, adults £5, under 16s £3, available from the Congress Theatre Box Office or by calling 01323 412000 in advance, or in person on the night subject to availability.