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The Italian Job (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  30 May 2003 (USA)
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After being betrayed and left for dead in Italy, Charlie Croker and his team plan an elaborate gold heist against their former ally.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Left Ear (as Mos Def)
Italian Guard
Stefano Petronelli ...
Garbageman / Thug
Fabio Scarpa ...
Garbageman / Thug
Cristiano Bonora ...
Garbageman / Thug
Tiberio Greco ...
Garbageman / Thug
First Detective
Tammi Cubilette ...
Second Detective


Led by John Bridger (Donald Sutherland) and Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg) a team is assembled for one last heist to steal $35 million in gold bars from a heavily guarded safe in Venice, Italy. After successfully pulling off the heist, a team member, Steve (Edward Norton), driven by greed and jealousy, arranges to take the gold for himself and eliminate the remaining members of the group. Thinking the team dead, he returns to L.A. with the gold. Charlie and the survivors of this betrayal follow Steve L.A. to exact revenge against the traitor. Charlie enlists the help of John Bridger's daughter, Stella (Charlize Theron) - a professional safe cracker, to get revenge. With Stella and the hacking skills of Lyle (Seth Green), the explosives skills of "Left Ear" (Yasiin Bey), and the driving skills of "Handsome" Rob (Jason Statham) this new team plans and executes a daring heist that weaves through the freeways and subways of L.A. Written by CKnapp

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 May 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,457,944 (USA) (30 May 2003)


$1,498,261 (South Africa) (5 December 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Edward Norton made it clear that his participation is a result of contractual obligation, not choice. He signed a three movie deal with Paramount, of which Primal Fear (1996), his breakthrough movie, was the first. He kept dismissing scripts for the other two, until Paramount coerced him into accepting a role in The Italian Job. See more »


During the scene where Steve steals the gold, first, as "Handsome" Rob is accelerating the van, one of the gunmen fires two shots directly at the windshield, but with no effect (no bullets seen impacting the windshield). Then, as the van is crashing through the guardrail, you see Steve fire three shots, then you see an unidentified man, possibly the passenger of the Land Rover, fires two shots at the van. Then, for two or three frames, the gun of the unidentified man is seen with the slide locked open, as the shooter has apparently run out of bullets but is still pointing the now-empty gun at the van. See more »


[first lines]
Stella: [on the phone] Hello.
John Bridger: [on the phone] Hello, sweetie.
Stella: [on the phone] Daddy, it's early.
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the credits, the sound of coins falling and tinkling can be heard. See more »


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by Ralph Middlebrooks, James 'Diamond' Williams (as James Williams), Marshall E. Jones (as Marshall Jones), Leroy 'Sugarfoot' Bonner (as Leroy Bonner), Clarence Satchell, Willie Beck, and Marvin Pierce
Performed by Ohio Players
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

Great, fun, caper flick
29 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Italian Job is a real blast to watch. It's a genuinely entertaining film, something you watch just for the sheer enjoyment of it. It's not heavy with drama or emotional hand-wringing, it has no cosmic statements about life, and it's not violent or profane. It's just a fun movie. Between watching the little Mini Coopers fly around the crowded streets of L.A. and the great bits by stereotypical computer geek-turned-crook (played gleefully by Seth Greene), I had a lot of fun watching this film.

Special kudos to the background music. They truly set a masterful tone for such a movie, so subtle yet keeps you on the edge when needed. Apparently a lot of artists contributed to the music, I found it to be the classiest part of the film.

8 out of 10. Not awe-inspiring but a great film to watch at the end of a lousy day at the office.


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