Michael Caine Tribute
Michael Caine – born Maurice Micklewhite – is a titan of cinema and one of Britain’s most enduring actors. During more than 60 years, he has racked up 120 feature credits. Caine freely admits: “I’ve made an awful lot of films. In fact, I’ve made a lot of awful films.” But, having been raised in poverty, his approach to surviving in an unpredictable profession is infallibly pragmatic: “You get paid the same for a bad film as you do for a good one.”
As a schoolboy, Michael Caine was repeatedly taught to respect “his betters”. It took the social revolution of the 1960s, he says, to make it clear that such a hierarchy did not exist. “I’ve met lots of my equals since. But no betters.” Indeed, Michael Caine has become the cinematic face and voice of the cultural upheaval of the era of the “swinging 60s,” starting with his award-winning performance as the titular character in Alfie (1966) – working class, cockney accent and all.
It’s that laconic brogue and the laid-back style that has made him one of the most successful actors of his generation, and a ground-breaker for generations of working-class actors to follow. We celebrate his career and legacy with four essential Caine films of past and present: The Italian Job (1969), Alfie (1966), King of Thieves (2018) and My Generation (2017).
In this upbeat documentary, Michael Caine invites you into the world of his youth: the Swinging 60s where icons like The Beatles were originating London’s pop-culture scene.
With an all-star cast of home-grown legends led by Michael Caine, this is the darkly funny, incredible true story of the most daring heist in British criminal history.
The five-time Oscar-nominated movie that rocketed Michael Caine to stardom features his memorable portrayal of a cockney womaniser whose exploits typified the freedom of Swinging 60s London.
A true British classic, and consistently voted amongst the greatest British films of all time, the 1969 original follows a con (Michael Caine) working on a gold heist in Turin.