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Friday Fictioneers – Blow the Doors Off!

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Sandra Crook, and this week’s other stories can be found by clicking on the blue froggy.

I don’t usually do this, but the photo reminded me of the original “Italian Job” film. I apologise, but my “punchline” won’t work (at all) if you haven’t at least heard the famous Michael Caine quote. However, I’m very short of time this week and it’s today or never.

Here is a link to the quote on YouTube, which made me laugh once again.

According to the photo’s title, the photo is actually Dijon which is in France. Imagine them naming a town after a mustard :-).

dijon

Copyright Sandra Crook

 

“Wowee!” shouted Grant as Davies steered the Mini at speed through the narrow streets. “This is all a bit ‘Italian Job’!”

“Yeah!” yelled Davies as he manoeuvred around a bicycle, narrowly avoiding a street stall. “Whoa, that was close.”

“Watch out for those tourists!”

Davies screamed into a side-street.

“Boxes! On the right!”

Davies steered through the boxes, knocking them flying.

“Awesome!” shouted Grant as Davies screeched to a stop outside the newsagent. As they watched, the shutters came down.

“Dammit!” cursed Grant. “Too late. They’re shut.”

“Well,” said Davies, affecting a “Michael Caine” accent. “We could always blow the bloody doors off!”

 


Feel free to either groan or look blank, depending on whether or not you’ve seen the film :-).

 

  1. July 15, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    A groan from me! Great job 🙂

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  2. July 15, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    I haven’t seen the movie…but I could still imagine the scene. Nice one.

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    • July 16, 2015 at 6:41 am

      I’m glad you could still picture the scene!

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  3. NotAPunkRocker
    July 15, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    **groan**

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  4. July 15, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Am such a fan of Michael Caine! Now I’ve got to see the movie!

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  5. Francesca Smith
    July 15, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    It is a great film and that last line is a famous one!
    I could picture this scene well…those little cobbled streets should be renamed death traps as anything could come down or up.

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    • July 16, 2015 at 6:42 am

      I certainly wouldn’t want to drive around on them! Quite a few Cornish seaside villages are pretty “tight” too.

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  6. July 15, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Excellent! I could picture Michael Cain in that car. Great dialogue. 🙂

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    • July 16, 2015 at 6:43 am

      Thanks! It could almost have been him 🙂

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      • July 16, 2015 at 9:50 am

        I thought about MC when we were along the Amalfi Coast a couple of years ago. 🙂

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  7. July 15, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Good description of the action! Never saw the movie, so I’m glad you included the YouTube link. Let the groaning commence 🙂

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    • July 16, 2015 at 6:43 am

      That clip made me laugh! It’s so long since I saw the film.

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  8. Lyn
    July 16, 2015 at 12:42 am

    LOL I’m snorting while trying to stifle my laughter in the library. Getting a few strange looks and one or two glares. I gotta watch the whole movie now. But maybe not until I get home.

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    • July 16, 2015 at 6:44 am

      Definitely wait until you’re out of the library at least 🙂

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  9. July 16, 2015 at 12:58 am

    Funny story, Ali. I was unfamiliar with the film and the line but watched the video clip. Well done. 😀 — Suzanne

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  10. July 16, 2015 at 2:55 am

    I’m gonna groan..The Italian Job was one of my favorite movies, simply because I saw Charlize Theron naked in it and fell in love with her. In a heterosexual kind of way of course 😉

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    • July 16, 2015 at 6:45 am

      I forgot she was in the remake – I’ll have to watch it again just for her! I can’t believe even the remake is already 12 years old. Where does the time go? 😦

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  11. July 16, 2015 at 5:19 am

    groan and LOL!

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  12. July 16, 2015 at 6:07 am

    Hah! Now if it were an off-licence I could have understood the haste. Nice one.

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    • July 16, 2015 at 6:46 am

      I expect the newsagent has a small selection of alcoholic beverages 🙂

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  13. July 16, 2015 at 6:09 am

    We liked the action…MOL 😀 Pawkisses 🙂 ❤

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  14. July 16, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Great dialogue and I’m pleased to see I’m not the only person who was reminded of Italy rather than France when I saw the photo.

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    • July 16, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      It’s one of those European countries anyway 🙂
      I’m glad you liked the dialogue!

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  15. July 16, 2015 at 11:46 am

    My kids were fans of the remake, which because they weren’t aware was a re-make, I wasn’t aware was a remake…so thanks for that. Must go hunt for / find / watch now.

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    • July 16, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      It’s worth watching. I seem to remember the remake was good too, but you can’t beat classic 60’s Michael Caine. It’s the film that shot the Mini Cooper to the king of cars 🙂

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  16. July 16, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    I must see this film now, love Michael Cane, too. And the story is great, the action, the atmosphere. And thanks to the video, the punchline makes perfect sense.

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    • July 16, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      It’s a great film, action but funny, as you saw from the clip 🙂 I’m glad you liked my story!

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  17. July 16, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    This is very fun. A grand adventure – now I’ve got to see the movie, too.Maybe we FF writers should rent it and watch it together! Wouldn’t that be a hoot?

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  18. July 16, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    I have not seen the movie, but blowing the bloody doors off is always a good idea!

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    • July 17, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      It is indeed, always good for a laugh 🙂

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  19. July 17, 2015 at 12:02 am

    I didn’t see this movie, but now I want to. Don’t they drive around Mini Coopers? I love that car chase in Bourne Identity with the little car. Really funny, Ali.

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    • July 17, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      There’s a long and very famous bit with the Mini Coopers. It’s a fun film 🙂

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  20. July 17, 2015 at 4:34 am

    Groan indeed! Though they play the Charlize version a bazillion times per year (and we watch all or parts of it, at lease a million of them) I have had the chance to see the original. Gotta love Michael Cane!

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    • July 17, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      I love hearing his accent, no matter what film he’s in 🙂

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      • July 17, 2015 at 3:38 pm

        Me too!

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  21. July 17, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Dear Ali,

    This is certainly a unique take on the prompt. I loved the action in it. Thank you for the clip. My first thought was how young Michael Caine was.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • July 17, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      That was the first thing that struck me, too – how young he was in that film. I had no idea it was 1969!
      Ali

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  22. July 17, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    I remember the speed of those little cars and they way they maneuvered them, wonderful job of capturing that.

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    • July 18, 2015 at 5:40 am

      This film probably did more for Mini Cooper sales than anything the company did. They became instant classics!

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  23. July 18, 2015 at 12:59 am

    A blank look im afraid for the quote, but you’ve done a solid ‘car chase scene’ which is said was impossible in 100 words! Well done 🙂

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    • July 18, 2015 at 5:41 am

      Thanks! I did read the story from the point of view of not having seen the film and knew it wouldn’t work, but I’m glad you liked the story anyway.

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  24. July 18, 2015 at 2:29 am

    I had to watch the clip before reading – and I’m so very glad I did. You’re right, I wouldn’t have gotten it otherwise. I think these two are going to have some police after them soon, with the way they’re behaving. Fun story!

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    • July 18, 2015 at 5:43 am

      The clip made me laugh, and I couldn’t believe how young Mr Caine was in it! I think you’re right, the police will be after them soon enough 🙂

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      • July 18, 2015 at 1:26 pm

        I’m afraid I’m not familiar with Mr. Caine…but the clip was funny. 😀

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      • July 18, 2015 at 4:52 pm

        He’s been in quite a few more recent films as well – “Miss Congeniality” and the “Batman – Dark Knight” films for example. This is a real oldie, though 🙂

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      • July 18, 2015 at 8:13 pm

        Ooohhh. So I’ve seen but not really known who he was. I see. 🙂

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      • July 19, 2015 at 6:25 am

        I thought you would probably have seen in him films. But he’s so young in the clip he’d be hard to recognise from his newer films!

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      • July 19, 2015 at 2:08 pm

        Exactly so!

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  25. Susan Langer
    July 18, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Sometimes the explanation is better than the story. This is not one of those times. Great story and your comment after makes me want to read more.;)

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    • July 19, 2015 at 6:24 am

      Glad you liked it! The moment I saw the little streets in the photo I thought “Italian Job” 🙂

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  26. July 19, 2015 at 12:38 am

    What a ride. Well told. Actually, I’m reminded of my own recent attempts to make it to my closest VW agent before closing time to purchase a small part. It took three trips. Love Michael Caine – love the movie. Thanks for the opportunity to revisit it.

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    • July 19, 2015 at 6:25 am

      See, if you’d been driving a Mini Cooper you would have made it the first time 🙂
      I’m glad you liked my story!

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  27. July 19, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    I have to look this one up on Netflix. I love the craziness of this story 🙂

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    • July 19, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      There’s the 1969 version and the 2003 (?) remake. They’re both pretty good, though I don’t remember much about the remake.

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  28. July 19, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Great stuff this week, Ali. I love Italian Job and the Jason Bourne movies as well. In fact, my dream car is a suped-up mini just like the one Charlize Theron drives in the second Italian Job. I would probably do exactly this if I had one–which is part of the reason the gods will never see fit to bestow one upon me. LOL

    Thanks for the laugh.

    All my best,
    MG

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    • July 20, 2015 at 2:43 pm

      Wannabe speed demon! Minis look ideal for tearing around little roads 🙂
      I’m glad you liked my story!

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  29. July 20, 2015 at 2:17 am

    1969! No wonder I haven’t seen the original… seems like I’d groan at your punchline without having to, given the age of the line. 🙂

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    • July 20, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      Obviously I didn’t watch it when it first came out 🙂

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  30. July 20, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    I had the blank look too, but still enjoyed the chase scene and the YouTube clip.

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    • July 21, 2015 at 8:12 am

      I’m glad you liked it even though you haven’t seen the film!

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  31. July 21, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    *Looking blank* … but I enjoyed your writing, nonetheless! Vivid and action-packed. Great dialogue. Fun!

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    • July 21, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      I’m glad you liked it even not having seen the film!

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