The Italian Job
The Italian Job is an iconic British caper movie from 1969. It follows a gang of criminals as they engineer a daring gold heist from a heavily guarded building in Italy.
The movie gained cult status, with some of its most memorable moments coming from its famous ‘fine’ phrase.
What does ‘Fine’ Stand For?
The phrase ‘You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!’ has become a classic catch fase, and this uttered by the criminal mastermind Charlie Croker, played by Michael Caine. The line was delivered in response to an over-zealous attempt by one of the gang to blow up the security lock on a secure safe. From that point onwards, ‘fine’ becomes a calling card between the gang members.
The acronym ‘FINE’ stands for Find It, Nab Everything. The term is used throughout the movie as a way for gang members to remind each other to remain focused and vigilant, to remember the plan and to never lose sight of the gold which is the ultimate goal.
How the Iconic Line is Used
Charlie Croker continues to use the phrase ‘fine’ as an admonishment tool throughout the movie, as he seeks to keep his gang focused and on track. He uses it again when they have managed to steal the gold and the getaway driver, played by Benny Hill, takes them the wrong way home. Croker reprimands him with the line ‘I said FINE, not funny.’
The Influence of the Line
The line and its acronym have continued to have a life beyond the original film. It is used in subsequent films and books in homage to the original. It is also a popular call and response at many Italian Job themed events and activities.
The iconic line and its acronym have become cemented in pop culture, symbolising the daring spirit and resourcefulness of Charlie Croker and his gang. It remains an influence to this day, and a reminder of the brilliance of the original movie.