Ending for The Italian Job finally solved after 40 years

January 23rd, 2009 - 1:57 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Jan 23 (ANI): The movie The Italian Job has kept many guessing for years with its incomplete ending, but a solution to its climax has finally been found after 40 years.

The film had concluded showing the bus loaded with bullion teetering on the edge of a sheer Alpine drop, and Sir Michael Caine’’s character Charlie Croker saying: Hang on a minute lads - I”ve got a great idea.

The ending for the movie has intrigued many, and in October 08 the Royal Society of Chemistry came up with the idea to ask people to work out a mathematical method to extract the gold within 30 minutes without using a helicopter.

IT manager John Godwin, 39, from Godalming in Surrey has won the RSCs challenge, beating around 2,000 people who took it up, with his simple solution of extricating the gold without toppling the 1964 Bedford VAL14 coach and the gang over the edge.

According to him, four windows should be smashed: two large central windows just ”air-side” of the pivot should be knocked outwards; then two smaller windows above the twin front axles, inwards.

Then a man should be lowered through the smaller windows to let down the four inflated front tyres, which Goodwin said were acting as “springs” and exaggerating the rocking motion.

Thirdly, and most importantly, the near-full fuel tank should be emptied, thus enabling one of the 10-strong gang to get off and gather rocks to further weigh the bus down.

The key to surviving this predicament he wrote is to dump an estimated 36 gallons of remaining fuel weighing about 139kg, and he even confirmed his idea by tracking down one of the last existing VAL14s buses.

Godwin, who said he had watched The Italian Job dozens of time, also said that Croker could have emptied the tank by removing an access plank on the bus floor and reaching down to take out the drainage plug.

Ive always felt there had to be an answer to get the gold out, the Telegraph quoted Godwin, who won a three-night stay in Turin as a prize, as saying.

Dr Richard Pike, chief executive of the RSC and one of the judges, said he was extremely impressed by Goodwin’’s entry and that of runner-up Aidan Farrell.

Farrell had suggested leaking the fuel line on to the road, setting it alight and gluing the bus to the melted asphalt.

We are delighted to have found such a deserving winner, Pike said.

Mr Godwin’’s entry is just the kind of practical thinking Croker would have used but he ably demonstrates the science behind the idea as well, he added. (ANI)

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