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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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)


$106,126,012 (USA) (31 October 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


F. Gary Gray and cinematographer Wally Pfister worked together to develop a visual style for the film before production began. They viewed car commercials and magazine photographs, as well as chase sequences from The French Connection (1971), Ronin (1998), and The Bourne Identity (2002) as visual references. Pfister wanted "dark textures and undertones and strong contrast"; he collaborated with production designer Charlie Wood on the color palette, and the two would confer with Gray on their ideas. See more »


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 »


[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 »


Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.82 (2006) See more »


by DJ Andy Hunter
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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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