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Sky Movies Poll: The Italian Job 'Best British Film of All Time'

10 January 2011 by Matt Risley

The Italian JobMichael Caine in The Italian Job.According to UK film fans the 'Greatest' British Film of All Time would be The Italian Job.

In a magical world, the Brit classic would also be directed by Alfred Hitchcock and star Sir Anthony Hopkins and Colin Firth as lead and supporting actors with appearances by Dame Judi Dench and Keira Knightley.

Sky Movies HD commissioned the research to mark the start of our British Film Season (beginning on Sky Movies Premiere HD on 10th January), which will see over 30 of the best British films screened including Chariots of Fire, Four Weddings And A Funeral and Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets.  Over 1,000 film fans voted to name the ultimate line-up across British themed categories including: Best Actor and Actress of All Time, Best Supporting Roles as well as Best Director and Best Film.

Hannibal 24Hopkins' 'Best British Actor'Sir Anthony Hopkins, best known for playing Hannibal Lecter, was voted as the Greatest British Actor of All Time with 12% of the vote followed closely by Laurence Olivier (10%) and The Italian Job's original lead Michael Caine (9%). David Jason came in fourth place followed by Sean Connery (8.8% and 8.5% respectively).

Fans voted unanimously in favour of Judi Dench as Greatest British Actress of All Time, beating fellow Dames Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith to the top spot with a quarter of all votes (25%) over their 14% and 10% respectively.  Julie Walters and Dame Elizabeth Taylor completed the line-up with a total of 65% for the top five leading ladies.

Golden Globe favourite for his performance in new film The King's Speech, Colin Firth was top of the list for Best British Supporting Actor (aged 50 or under) with 16% of all votes. Trainspotting star Ewan McGregor and Firth's former on-screen love rival Hugh Grant followed with 15.8% and 9% each ahead of Ralph Fiennes and Daniel Craig.

Never Let Me Go (1)Knightley: Best British Supporting ActressAfter her performances in Atonement and the upcoming Never Let Me Go, Keira Knightley led for the women under 50 as the Best British Supporting Actress with 19% of votes. Kate Beckinsale came in second place with 15.3% and Welsh star Catherine Zeta-Jones third with 15%.

The original The Italian Job (1969) triumphed as the Best British Film of All Time with 15% of the votes, taking it ahead of Monty Python's Life of Brian (7%) and The Full Monty (6%).  The sixth Harry Potter instalment (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince) came in fourth place while Bridget Jones's Diary starring Renée Zellweger was voted in fifth place.

Finally completing the ultimate British line-up, the late Alfred Hitchcock was the first choice (25%) for Best British Director after a string of cult films including Psycho, The Birds and Rear Window, seeing off competition from Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) (15%) and David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia, Dr. Zhivago) (12%). Slumdog Millionaire Oscar winner Danny Boyle was fourth on the list followed by Christopher Nolan (Inception, Memento and The Dark Knight).

 

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