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The Score (2001)

An aging thief hopes to retire and live off his ill-gotten wealth when a young kid convinces him into doing one last heist.

Director:

Frank Oz

Writers:

Daniel E. Taylor (story), Kario Salem (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Nick
Edward Norton ... Jack / Brian
Marlon Brando ... Max
Angela Bassett ... Diane
Gary Farmer ... Burt
Paul Soles Paul Soles ... Danny
Jamie Harrold ... Steven
Serge Houde ... Laurent
Jean-René Ouellet ... André (as Jean Rene Ouellet)
Martin Drainville ... Jean-Claude
Claude Despins Claude Despins ... Albert
Richard Waugh ... Sapperstein
Mark Camacho ... Sapperstein's Cousin
Marie-Josée Colburn ... Woman in Study (as Marie-Josee D'Amours)
Gavin Svensson Gavin Svensson ... Man in Study
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Storyline

Three generations of method acting giants unite for this crime thriller written by Kario Salem and directed by Frank Oz. Robert De Niro stars as Nick Wells, an aging thief whose specialty is safe-cracking and who is on the verge of retiring to a life of ease, running his jazz club and romancing his girlfriend Diane (Angela Bassett). But before he can ride off into the sunset, Nick is pressured to do one last job by his mentor and business partner, a flamboyant and extravagant upscale fence named Max (Marlon Brando). Max is plotting the heist of the Montreal Customs House, and he's got a man on the inside, Jackie Teller (Edward Norton), a talented but volatile crook who has managed to ingratiate himself with the facility's staff as a fellow employee suffering from cerebral palsy. Jackie bristles at Nick's interference in "his" score, however, and threatens violence when it seems he's going to be cut out of the action. In the meantime, Nick grows increasingly ill at ease about the ...

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

There are no partners in crime

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany | Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

13 July 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuenta final See more »

Filming Locations:

Kahnawake, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,018,807, 15 July 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$71,069,884, 14 October 2001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$113,579,918, 31 December 2002
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Marlon Brando took to calling Director Frank Oz "Fozzy" and "Miss Piggy" during this movie. Oz has been the voice of Fozzy Bear and Miss Piggy in the various Muppet productions since the beginning. Brando's hazing of Oz over his work with the Muppets got so bad, that Robert De Niro was forced to direct Brando instead, with Oz giving him instructions via headset. See more »

Goofs

The method used to blow the door off the safe by filling it with water and then igniting a charge would have completely crushed the scepter and the metal box it was in. Besides, safes aren't watertight. See more »

Quotes

Jackie Teller: [amazed at complexity of the new safe] I've never seen anything like that! What do you have in mind?
Nick Wells: [Unfazed] I don't know, but if somebody built it, somebody can unbuild it.
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Connections

References Blue's Clues (1996) See more »

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The Hacker
Written and Performed by Lucas Moore, Andreas Allen, Oscar Mazzola, Keith Dobbs
Courtesy of Blood Shot Productions
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A Bang of (surprisingly) fresh filmaking
13 July 2001 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

The Score is a movie that holds many elements together that makes is a highly watchable and ultimately suspensful crime movie. These elements are the cast, which has 3 of the finest American actors to ever grace the screen- Robert DeNiro, Edward Norton, and Don Vito Corleone himself, Marlon Brando. Also though another elements is from director Frank Oz, who is a household name (at least for me) by being a muppeteer since 1963 and has also directed some hits (Bowfinger, What About Bob) and misses (In and Out, Stepsitter). Now he tackles his first crime drama, and he does it exceptionally well in holding the suspense in a way that will hold it all together, unlike some thrillers that always pop up suspense and by the time the end comes your tired out from it all. While The Score holds a couple of things also that keep it from greatness (Angela Basset's character isn't really needed for DeNiro's motivations and also the trailer revealed too much of the movie so that the movie had to try extra hard to be thrilling), it also holds controlled and outstanding performances and crackerjack suspense throughout. One of the few real must-see movies of the summer. A


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