As cliffhanger endings go, there are few more famous than that of The Italian Job. With their coach dangling precariously over an Alpine ravine, a gang of plucky British robbers – led by Michael Caine's Charlie Croker – face the choice of saving themselves or risking all to retrieve the stash of gold they have stolen from Turin. However, each move they make towards the rear of the coach to reach their haul results in the vehicle inching further over the abyss.
The film ends with the famous words from Croker: "Hang on a minute, lads – I've got a great idea." But what was the idea – and would it have worked?
=== The winning solution -- for which the prize is a holiday in Turin, but no gold.
===And for those who like puns ...
"Keep singing The Self Preservation Society," he tells the gang. The chorus starts up again until they all get frogs in their throats. The frogs start to jump up and down, which rocks the bus.
They use the rocks to weigh the end of the bus. "Keep singing, lads."
They sing louder, but now the frogs have gone, their throats get sore. They use the saw to cut the gold bars in half. Two halves make a whole. They pass the gold out through the hole, and jump out.
Still singing, they've now all gone hoarse. They load the gold on to the horses and ride off into the sunset.