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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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Garbageman / Thug
Fabio Scarpa ...
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Cristiano Bonora ...
Garbageman / Thug
Tiberio Greco ...
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Storyline

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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Action | Crime | Thriller

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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

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

A MINI with two steering wheels was used for some of the shooting in order that a stunt driver could drive the car whilst one of the actors performed in front of the camera. This unusual car is now a part of the MINI factory tour in Cowley, Oxford. See more »

Goofs

After Stella parallel parks her red vintage Mini Cooper while driving at full speed, we see through her windshield the vehicle in front of her 5 to 10 feet away. After she gets out her car is shown to be parked only 2 or 3 feet away. The space shown when she is driving is clearly much bigger than in the side shot. When driving like that you would not be able to park a car that tightly. See more »

Quotes

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

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The Jump Off
by Yasiin Bey (as Dante Smith), Mark "Minnesota" Richardson, Douglas Wimbish (as Doug Wimbish), and Gary Miller
Performed by Yasiin Bey
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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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.

Barky


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