- The definition of the word 'cliffhanger'

What happened next?

Read on to find out because a proper Italian Job sequel could be on its way!

2y ago

Fans of the original Italian Job film have been deprived of a sequel for too long. There was an American version but that wasn't related to the original film and didn't answer any questions ... like what happened to the gold that was left precariously hanging over the cliff edge? What was the idea Michael Caine eluded to at the end of the movie? ...and where were the rest of the gang? I did a head count, they weren't all on the bus.

The original film aired in 1969, that coach has been hanging on a cliff edge for nigh on 50 years and it's about time we found out what happened to Charlie and the boys! There has been much speculation, BBC News even covered a Royal Society of Chemistry competition searching for a solution to the ultimate cliffhanger.

While there are some elements of our own solution in there, what these teams of eggheads have failed to consider in their calculations is the number of people on the bus, not all of the gang are there and what happened to the Land Rover? The last time the Land Rover is seen is when it's dragging the security van containing the gold off of the street.

We know they wouldn't have left it behind, not after going to so much trouble to destroy any evidence of their planning. Nor is the Land Rover with them on the mountain road when gang members transfer from the Dormobile to the Coach. The Land Rover crew could just be their salvation but I won't give too much away, I wouldn't want to spoil your enjoyment of the long awaited sequel. We do know that Charlie had a back up plan though and that they were heading for a rendezvous in Geneva.

It's early days but we have interest from Paramount and experienced cast and crew keen to get this off the ground including Bond legend Vic Armstrong whose exact words were "You give me three minis with drivers in full face helmets and I'll give you the greatest car chase."

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  • We all got home safely

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  • To be honest, it would probably be easier to just walk away and fly to Australia for a job in the gold mining operations.

    " Indiana, let it go ? "

    But straight away there's a problem:

    If all the lads are to exit the bus, as soon as the first one jumps off, the bus will start to tip backward down the cliff.

    Would there be enough time for all the lads to exit the bus ?

    That's a big stack of gold. The weight may well have been enough to tip the bus over the cliff.

    How much does each individual mesh crate actually weigh ?

    I remember thinking years ago, that all the lads would need to slowly move to the front of the bus, so that the front tyres don't bounce when they strike the road.

    Once the suspension had stopped oscillating, someone would reach down from the front door opening, and start picking up gravel and rocks ?

    But what if the doorway sits over the centre of the bitumen road ?

    Would there be any loose road material available to pick up ?

    I agree with Sir Michael that the draining of the rear petrol tank would help reduce the moment arm of the lever, but the vibration of running the engine may be an issue.

    After adding as much ballast to the front of the bus as possible, it may be necessary to construct something like an overhead gantry crane running fore and aft , from the ceiling of the bus, to pick up a single mesh crate of gold, to be hauled very slowly to the front of the bus. Slowly, to avoid the aforementioned bouncing problem.

    This gantry crane would have to be constructed without anyone walking to the back of the bus .

    If there was a sturdy wheeled drinks trolley on the bus, or if one could be MacGuyvered out of bits of steel framing , then maybe, an individual mesh crate could be sort of levered orf of the big stack, onto this small trolley, which could be hauled v slowly to the front of the bus .

    Okay maybe the trolley would have skids .

    It could be pushed from the front of the bus to the stack of gold,

    And somehow a single mesh crate would need to be lifted off the stack, on to the trolley.

    So realistically, the trolley would need to have a crane built on to it. with a sort of grapple hook,

    for to lift the individual crate, orf of the stack, and on to the trolley .

    And it would need to be remotely actuated, using only pulleys and lines.

    and then hauled back with a rope made from strips of clothing.

    Possibly components for constructing the crane could be sourced from the engine compartment, which is just to the left of the drivers seat, and down a bit.

    If there is an alternator pulley, that could possibly function as crane jib pulley.

    There is a starter motor, and a battery, so there's a power source.

    If long leads could be rigged from the coach battery, maybe your crane could be powered ?

    If the bus carries a toolbox, where would it be located ?

    Would it be near the drivers seat somewhere ?

    This is a fun puzzle.

    Thanks for posting.



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    • You've given a lot of thought to this and you're close but where are they going to find the parts to make the crane? There wasn't a lot in that bus after they threw the mini's out, pretty much just them, the gold and a few crates of beer. The fuel can...

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    • I'm not sure how much time is available, but anyhoo....

      I wonder if Charlie has organised full comprehensive insurance for the coach ?

      Once again, the first thing to do, is to slowly move the lads to the front of the bus. If everyone sits up...

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  • Remember Charlie Croker packed a grappling hook pre the job.

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