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The Italian Job (2003)

 -  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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Cristiano Bonora ...
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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" (Mos Def), 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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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:

$153,075 (Austria) (14 November 2003)

Gross:

$1,498,261 (South Africa) (5 December 2003)
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In interviews, Jason Statham said that in addition to the stunt driving course they all received, he got two days' driving tuition from Damon Hill, the British ex-world champion Formula 1 driver. However, all the cast members acknowledged that Charlize Theron was easily the best driver among them. See more »

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When Mashkov and Charlie tell Steve they've made a deal, Steve says, "We're the only ones here with guns." Given that Mashkov's men have disarmed Steve and are holding him at gunpoint, this makes no sense. See more »

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[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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Performed by Scott Weiland, Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, and Dave Kushner
Produced by Nick Raskulinecz
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Gold thieves take their revenge on a double-crosser and murderer in their midst
3 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Italian Job" (2003) is a long movie. At first it's engaging, but eventually it becomes tiresome. It becomes mechanical and distant. Its emotions become pseudo-emotions. Its characters become stock characters without depth. The gang relies heavily on super-computer and hacking whiz kid operations, and this has a magical or unreal aspect, convenient for a superficial kind of story. The gang is a politically correct assortment. The actors are actually given little to do of a substantial nature. Donald Sutherland has become more charismatic as he got older, but he's bumped off early in the movie.

Overall, I was disappointed. After seeing it, I wondered how this compared to a more robust classic caper movie like "Topkapi". There we have a super and superior cast of actors, and each one creates a memorable character. They face a challenge and we see how they work to overcome each part of it more or less realistically. The caper engages us thoroughly. There is no need for chases or outrageously extraordinary deeds such as are depicted in "The Italian Job". A feeling of realism is maintained. One can watch "Topkapi" again some time without feeling bored. I cannot imagine watching "The Italian Job" (2003) again. Why would I want to? What is there in it that bears re-watching?


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