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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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F. Gary Gray

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Troy Kennedy-Martin, Donna Powers (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... Charlie Croker
Charlize Theron ... Stella Bridger
Donald Sutherland ... John Bridger
Jason Statham ... Handsome Rob
Seth Green ... Lyle
Yasiin Bey ... Left Ear (as Mos Def)
Edward Norton ... Steve
Fausto Callegarini ... Italian Guard
Stefano Petronelli Stefano Petronelli ... Garbageman / Thug
Fabio Scarpa Fabio Scarpa ... Garbageman / Thug
Cristiano Bonora Cristiano Bonora ... Garbageman / Thug
Tiberio Greco Tiberio Greco ... Garbageman / Thug
Jimmy Shubert ... First Detective
Tammi Cubilette ... Second Detective
Mary Portser ... Stella's Receptionist
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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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Taglines:

Get in. Get out. Get even. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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USA | France | UK | Italy

Language:

English | Russian | Italian

Release Date:

30 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La estafa maestra See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,457,944, 1 June 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$106,128,601

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$176,070,171
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The principal actors in the movie did most of the stunt driving themselves. While all of the principals needed stunt driving lessons, Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def, who is from New York City, needed a little more work because he didn't have a driver's license at the onset of production. See more »

Goofs

When Charlie is asking Napster about the monetary value of the gold in the safe, he tells him, "Thirteen wide, four high, four deep," and Napster works out the value. However, this is the value for only one shelf of the safe. So while the team celebrates $27 million, they've actually got four or five times that amount. 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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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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Very Entertaining Heist Movie & A Big Plug For MINIs
20 January 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I wonder how many MINI Cooper automobiles were sold thanks to this movie? It couldn't help but add to the sales of this little car, which is featured in this film, along with an attractive cast.

This is a very, very entertaining heist-and-chase film. It features a "cool" cast with Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton, Seth Green and Jason Statham.

The best chase scene is right at the beginning with a boat pursuit in Venice, Italy. The film doesn't overdo the violence, has a pretty intelligent script (with a few short exceptions). features interesting characters and is nicely firmed. The cat-and-mouse game between Norton and Theron's characters is suspenseful and fun to watch.

Once again, however, we are manipulated into rooting for criminals portrayed as "the good guys." How many times has this happened since the days of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" in the 1960s? It's twisted Hollywood, for you. In here, one of the criminals (Norton) stole and killed the leader and father figure (Donald Sutherland) of the gang, so he's the worst of the bunch and the film's villain. Also Theron's character is in the typically overblown-feminist mode of Hollywood in which women can do all things (including driving a car) better than a man. A third minor irritation is Seth Green's smug, smart-ass attitude which we also are supposed to go along with because it's hip and cool.

Despite these hindrances, it is an extremely entertaining movie and it also doesn't overboard on the profanity or sex....and, yes, those little cars are cool. Everyone I've talked to who has seen this film, enjoyed it.


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