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The Italian Job (2003)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 30 May 2003 (USA)
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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Left Ear (as Mos Def)
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Stefano Petronelli ...
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Fabio Scarpa ...
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Cristiano Bonora ...
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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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Get in. Get out. Get even. See more »

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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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30 May 2003 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$106,126,012 (USA) (31 October 2003)
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James Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade wrote the first draft of the screenplay, a fairly faithful translation of the original with a prologue set in World War II in which Charlie Croker's father tries and fails to recover the gold (tying the film in with Troy Kennedy-Martin's other heist film Kelly's Heroes (1970)). A new story was commissioned from writing team the Powers that relocated the action to L.A. Early posters and the trailer still credited Purvis and Wade as co-writers. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the movie when Steve is in the helicopter chasing Charlie in a Mini, Charlie makes a left turn at a street corner. The street markings make it clear that all the traffic on the street is going the wrong way down a one way street. (Charlie drives over a right turn arrow in the left-most lane that is facing him.) 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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Famous British model Kelly Brook appears in the end credits with Lyle. See more »

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References The Kids in the Hall (1988) See more »

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Heartbreaker
by Robert Gill and Stuart Wade
Performed by Pat Benatar
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Ocean's Five.
14 June 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

John Bridger's gang of thieves are double crossed and left for dead after a daring gold raid in Venice. The surviving members regroup and convene in L.A. to enact revenge and recapture their gold.......the job is on!

This could have been a complete disaster, I'm British and the wave of revulsion that boomed in my homeland upon hearing of this remake was explosive; "how dare they remake a British institution" was the cry. Things were not helped in the run up to the film's release by it's main star {and drawing card} Edward Norton, proclaiming that the film was a contractual obligation and that fans of his work would be better advised to give The Italian Job a miss!

Had to be a stinker then surely? Actually no it isn't. Director F. Gary Gray hasn't remade the Italian Job of 1969, in fact he hasn't even re-imaged it, the minis are in there, the gold is in there, but all the stand out moments so beloved by many in the 69 film of the same name are not to be seen at all. So what we get is a very cool heist-come revenge movie-that's maybe a tad too glossy at times, but it's got a pretty sharp script, tight action sequences and a group of actors working very well as a team. Mark Wahlberg, Mos Def, Jason Statham, Seth Green and the delectably delicious Charlize Theron all come out smelling of roses, whilst Edward Norton really had no cause for concern because his portrayal as Steve is a smarmy delight.

I have jokingly titled this film Ocean's 5, but that is in no way detrimental to The Italian Job, it lacks the jazzy coolness of Soderbergh's Ocean's 11, but its a fun and enjoyable picture all in its own right, its rating of just under 7 here on IMDb is actually spot on. 7/10


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