Michael Caine Reveals the Ending of THE ITALIAN JOB
SIR MICHAEL Caine has revealed the ending to the Italian Job, a forty year secret. The 1969 Mafia-themed film ends on a literal cliff-hanger.
The Royal Society of Chemistry are currently running a competition to see who can dream up the best plausible alternative ending.
My ending? The occupants of the car go over the cliff, two - including Caine- jump out just in time, whereas the others land with the car in a lake in the ravine and manage to escape by rolling down the car windows as the car sinks to the bottom.
Years later, a salvage company headed by James Bond, Secret Agent 007 (Licensed to Kill) recoups millions of pounds of gold bullion hidden in the boot, after one series of gangs after another - all baddies wearing shades - try to locate the wreck to no avail.
The mystery of The Italian Job's cliff-hanger has been resolved after almost 40 years by Sir Michael Caine.
The 1969 film ends with a gang of gold thieves hanging over a ravine in a bus. Every step they take towards the loot threatens to tip them into the abyss.
"Hang on lads, I've got a great idea," says Sir Michael's character, Charlie Croker... and then the credits roll.
The star says he would have saved them by "switching on the engine", burning off petrol until it righted itself.
"I crawl up, switch on the engine and stay there for four hours until all the petrol runs out," he said.
"The van bounces back up so we can all get out, but then the gold goes over."
In the film, the gold is smuggled out of Turin in Mini Coopers before being loaded onto the bus "There are a load of Corsican Mafia at the bottom watching the whole thing with binoculars. They grab the gold, and then the sequel is us chasing it."
Sir Michael first revealed his version of the events in a BBC One documentary marking his 70th birthday, but gave fuller details at the 2008 Visit London Awards this week - where he was named London's favourite Londoner.
He even suggested that the alternative ending had been filmed in 1969, but producers later decided