Many years ago, back in the days when my hairbrush actually saw some action, I saw the best movie ending ever.
“And what movie was that, Jon?” I hear you ask.
Well I’ll tell you. It was The Italian Job – the 1969 Michael Caine version.
The film itself was great (though I like the 2003 remake even better), but I loved the ending so much, I used the last line as a chapter ending in Fur-Face.
In the movie, Michael Caine and his cohorts have just pulled off an audacious robbery in Turin. They’ve successfully stolen £4m in gold bullion, escaped the police and are now in a six-wheeled coach, on the narrow winding road across the Alps to Switzerland.
Suddenly, the driver loses control. The coach goes into a skid and ends up teetering over the edge of a 1,000-foot drop - a real cliffhanger ending if ever there was one - but that’s not even the best bit.
The gold bullion slides towards the back doors. Its weight tilts the coach even more, threatening to send it over the edge. Michael Caine and his fellow thieves rush to the front of the coach to even the balance.
Caine tries to crawl to the gold, but it slides even farther away, upsetting the balance again and sending Caine back to his friends in a hurry.
How can they even survive this, much less retrieve the gold?
The camera angle changes to a long distance shot of the coach see-sawing gently over the precipice. As the camera spirals around the coach, we hear Caine’s voice:
"Hang on a minute, lads. I've got a great idea."
Cue music, cue end credits.
Like I said, best movie ending ever!
At least, that’s my opinion.
How about you?
What’s your favorite movie ending ?