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Does anyone know which actual climbs were used in the original 1969 Italian Job? I think the opening scenes are filmed on the St Bernard Pass, but I want to ride the final mountain road on which the coach hangs over the edge at the end of the film.

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Apologies fot the typo but this is THE Italian Job, certainly the only film of that name to be of interest to a bikie for the climbs

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064505/
 

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ultimobici said:
Does anyone know which actual climbs were used in the original 1696 Italian Job? I think the opening scenes are filmed on the St Bernard Pass, but I want to ride the final mountain road on which the coach hangs over the edge at the end of the film.
Did they actually have movies in 1696? When were the Salem Witch Trials? Did they catch them on Movietone News? :)
 

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ultimobici said:
Does anyone know which actual climbs were used in the original 1969 Italian Job? I think the opening scenes are filmed on the St Bernard Pass, but I want to ride the final mountain road on which the coach hangs over the edge at the end of the film.

TIA

Apologies fot the typo but this is THE Italian Job, certainly the only film of that name to be of interest to a bikie for the climbs

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064505/
The opening sequence with the Lamborghini:

Quoted from http://www.mini2.com/forum/mini-media/76532-original-italian-job-film-query.html, which also links to some nice photos which clearly match the film's scenery:

"The first shot of the film is of the bridge at the southern end of the St. Bernard valley, north of
Aosta: The bridge that serves the new toll road that goes through the mountain. Successive shots are
of the Miura working its way up the old road in the St. Bernard valley towards the Great St. Bernard
pass. Then the Miura comes down the same road (but higher up) and clearly passes a no. 32 mileage
marker. Filming is then continued on another road - the road to La Thuile, south of Courmayeur,
where the Miura crashes in the tunnel. This tunnel has since been extended with a gallery. "


From http://ox.mx5oc.co.uk/events/eu/eudrives.htm:
"The Start of the film was recorded on the road from Martigny, Switzerland to Aosta, the route the car a Lamborghini Miura takes, is the old road over the Gran San Bernardo Pass. The film was edited so that the car then enters the Tunnel Du Grand-St.Bernard on the Italian border."

It sounds like these two sources are in conflict about the tunnel where the Miura explodes, unless the Great St Bernard tunnel happens to also be the road to La Thuile. The photo album's shot of the tunnel leading to La Thuile looks about right: http://community.webshots.com/photo/114172397/1114256415053452979SETabh


The middle scene where the Mafia guys destroy the cars with a bulldozer:

From http://www.theitalianjob.com/the_film_locations_italy.htm:
"High in the Italian Alps, Col du Petit St Bernard, was the scene of the Jaguar/Aston Martin devastation that Croker and his cockney suffered by the Mafia."

This article agrees it's the Petit St Bernard: http://www.channel4.com/4car/feature/features-2005/italian-job/italian-job-2.html


The ending sequence was apparently a splice between a couple of locations, one for the driving, one for the clif shot.

From http://www.theitalianjob.com/the_film_locations_italy.htm:
"Getting the Coopers onto the coach was shot on a new piece of unopened motorway in Turin. Getting them out of the coach was shot on the Italian side of the St. [Great] Bernard Pass in the Alps, which was ideal as it has over 20 hairpin bends!

Eventually the Herrington coach was left dangling over a cliff near Ceresole Reale in the Alps, after Ordnance Survey maps had been studied as well as flying over the area, although the 'in coach' shots were filmed back at Twickenham Studios."

The photo album agrees that the location for dumping the minis out the back of the bus is the same as the opening scene.

But this source is in conflict again: http://ox.mx5oc.co.uk/events/eu/eudrives.htm:
"The Amalfi coast road is where final scenes with the Coach and Mini Coopers was recorded. aka The road of 322 corners."
 
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