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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

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Left Ear (as Mos Def)
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Italian Guard
Stefano Petronelli ...
Garbageman / Thug
Fabio Scarpa ...
Garbageman / Thug
Cristiano Bonora ...
Garbageman / Thug
Tiberio Greco ...
Garbageman / Thug
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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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30 May 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La estafa maestra  »

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Box Office

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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Trivia

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

The weight of the gold recovered from the armored truck, valued at $27 million, would weigh around 4,500 pounds at the period price of gold. It is entirely possible to divide that among three (~1,500 lbs per car) highly modified mini coopers and move it around quickly. While it would make the cars quite tail heavy (they would land rear first, at quite an angle when jumped), it is not implausible to modify the suspension to handle the additional weight and increase power to achieve a reasonably quick degree of performance. In fact, we can hear that the mini Stella drives features the distinctive whine of an Eaton M62 supercharger. The minis have a 63/27 F/R weight distribution out of the box. With 1,500 lbs of gold in the rear, the distribution would change to roughly 41/59 and the car would weigh just over two tons. 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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Crazy Credits

Famous British model Kelly Brook appears in the end credits with Lyle. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Super (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Girls and Posse Surf
(from Blue Crush (2002))
by Paul Haslinger
Courtesy of Universal Pictures, A Division of Universal City Studios, LLLP
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FAST PACED EXCITING MOVIE
26 June 2003 | by (Charlotte, NC) – See all my reviews

I went to see THE ITALIAN JOB with mixed reviews in my head. I was pleasantly surprised with an entertaining close to 2 hours. I thought the cast was just great and so were the special effects, with the safe and truck just dropping out of sight. If you like fast paced action movies, this is the one to see.


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