Michael Caine Collection

  |  Buy to Own: 06/10/2008
  |  569 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


Five classic films starring Michael Caine. 'Sleuth' (1971) stars Laurence Olivier and Caine as a pair of scheming socialites who play elaborate psychological games against each other, with ever-deadlier consequences. Andrew Wyke (Olivier) invites his wife's lover, former hairdresser Milo Tindle (Caine), to his country home. He has a proposal for Tindle which could benefit them both, but not everything is as clear cut as it might seem. In 'The Italian Job' (1969), 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), a quintessentially 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, which results in the world's biggest traffic jam. In 'Alfie' (1966), Caine plays a streetwise womaniser in swinging '60s 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. In 'Zulu' (1963), Caine stars in 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, John Chard (Stanley Baker) and Gonville Bromhead (Caine), are at odds with each other, but manage to rally the men together and put up a courageous fight. Finally, 'Funeral in Berlin' (1966) stars Caine as bespectacled secret agent, Harry Palmer. The film sees Palmer journey to Cold War Berlin where he has been asked to assist with the defection of a Russian security chief (Oscar Homolka). Palmer arranges an escape based around a fake funeral, but when he gets the coffin out of East Berlin he discovers that it contains the wrong body. With the double-crosses coming on thick and fast, Palmer's going to have to work hard to see his way out of this one.