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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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It's not about the money. It's about the money. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller

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:

La estafa maestra  »

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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?


At one point, The Italian Job, S.W.A.T, and Hollywood Homicide were all filming on the streets of downtown Los Angeles at the same time. See more »


Positioning of the light rail train changes from when the last Mini passes in front of it, in the tunnel, in comparison to when Lyle stops the train. 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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Pedal to the Metal
by Brian West and Mark Kaspryzk (as Mark Kaspryzyk)
Performed by Kazzer
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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User Reviews

Great film despite a few fallbacks
4 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

Over the last few months, I have seen a lot of reviews for The Italian Job, many of them negative. The gist of almost all of these pessimistic criticisms is that, for all its modernistic bravado and high-budget technology, the film doesn't have much substance where it counts. Look, people, it's just a fun movie. This is the type of picture where you're supposed to sit back, relax, and just enjoy the steady-moving pace of the film. Like Ocean's Eleven (2001), you can concentrate on the characters and the plot at the same time without having to do much thinking (lucky for some of us). Granted, "Ocean" is a better movie, but who cares? The plot may have some holes (there's a huge one about 3/4 of the way through), the action may not be as gratifyingly gratuitous as the trailers made it out to be, and some of the dialogue may seem pointless and cheesy, but again, who really cares? Cool characters, Mini Coopers, big explosions, Charlize Theron. What more do you want? I think it's time to drop the fake Roger Ebert meets Gene Shalit act and enjoy yourself for once! Oh, and another thing, whatever you do, don't compare it to the original because, to reiterate what F. Gary Gray has told the press a million times, THIS IS NOT A REMAKE!! My advice- if you're interested in nit-picking your way through a good-humored, fun flick, don't even bother seeing The Italian Job. But, if you don't have a severe inferiority complex and/or want to see Ed Norton get jacked by a bunch of Ukranians, go ahead. The Bottom Line, my fellow moviegoers, is: Lighten Up and Have Fun, Dammit.

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