A missing scene was uncovered by a Channel
4 documentary on the film in 1998. The
scene showed the Coopers being chased
onto an ice-rink by the Police, and the
two pursuers and pursued then engage in
a surreal waltz to the "Blue Danube".
(Possibly satirizing Stanley Kubrick's
2001) before the Coopers race off again.
The scene was shot and cut together, but
was cut out of the chase because it dissipated
the tension of the chase.
escaping after waltzing with the
the filming of the chase sequence, the
crew shot a scene known as the 'Blue Danube'
in an exhibition hall in Turin, usually
used for the Turin Motor Show. The three
Coopers waltzed with three Alfa Romeo
Italian Police Cars on ice. The backdrop
and music was supplied by the Turin Symphony
Orchestra, who performed the 'Blue Danube'.
Troy Martin Kennedy was outraged when
he heard about the extra scene as he thought
it would slow down the fast pace of the
getaway chase. Producer Michael Deeley
agreed and the scene ended up on the cutting
floor, even though he and many of the
crew thought it worked out above and beyond
what they expected. 2nd Unit Director
Phillip Wrestler disagreed and thought
that it was a magical piece of filming
that slowed the pace down only to enhance
the rapid pace of the remaining of the
chase. Wrestler obviously convinced Deeley
to keep the scene in and the final cut
of The Italian Job actually included the
editor John Trumper and Michael Deeley
took this final cut to Rome to show the
Head of Production, Robert Evans. He ordered
that the controversial scene be cut stating
that it was pure directional indulgence!
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Another scene that was never completed
was one where a Rolls Royce skids around
a gravel circle. Unfortunately on the
first take a clapper boy, David Wynn-Jones,
was hit by the Rolls when it skidded out
of control. Wynn-Jones was thought to
have simply broken legs, but it turned
out that he was in a worse state than
anyone thought. Eventually he had over
a dozen internal operations and took over
a year to recover. Many of the crew visited
him whilst he was in hospital including
Collinson and Caine. Following the accident,
which didn't involve any of Remy Julienne's
drivers, Remy was put in total charge
of all vehicle stunt work to ensure nothing
like this happened again.
Wynn-Jones made a full recovery and went
on to be a director in his own right.