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Italian Job (2003)

The Italian Job (2003)

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Director: F. Gary Gray, Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton

Cast: F. Gary Gray, Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton


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A team of high-class thieves avenge their mentor's death -- with the help of his own daughter -- in this big-budget remake of the 1969 British caper classic. The Italian Job stars Mark Wahlberg as Charlie, the mastermind of a daring Venice heist overseen by John (Donald Sutherland), a lifelong criminal who plans to retire from the fold with the earnings from


A team of high-class thieves avenge their mentor's death -- with the help of his own daughter -- in this big-budget remake of the 1969 British caper classic. The Italian Job stars Mark Wahlberg as Charlie, the mastermind of a daring Venice heist overseen by John (Donald Sutherland), a lifelong criminal who plans to retire from the fold with the earnings from his most recent take. Basking in the glow of a job well done at a secluded retreat in the Alps, the thieves -- including the aptly-named Handsome Rob (Jason Statham), tech-geek Lyle (Seth Green), and hearing-impaired quipster Left Ear (Mos Def) -- are ruthlessly double-crossed by one of their own, the taciturn, calculating Steve Frezelli (Edward Norton). Time passes and each member of the group finds himself pursuing other opportunities in the States, until Charlie rallies them together for a revenge-motivated scheme designed to bilk Steve of all his misbegotten earnings. In order to cinch the deal, he even enlists John's reluctant safecracking-prodigy daughter, Stella (Charlize Theron), for an elaborate, incognito Los Angeles heist. But the paranoid Steve proves himself to be one step ahead of them at just about every turn, and Charlie finds that he'll have to make some daring last-minute changes to their plan if the team is to succeed. The Italian Job marked director F. Gary Gray's second 2003 release after the Vin Diesel vehicle A Man Apart.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Mark Wahlberg proves once again that he's a capable lead with his workmanlike performance in this super-slick caper film, a vastly improved remake of the 1969 thriller starring Michael Caine. The erstwhile Marky Mark is suitably intense as the no-nonsense protégé of a ready-to-retire master thief (Donald Sutherland), who accompanies him on a Venice heist that nets their gang a cool $35 million in gold. When one of their sleazy partners (Edward Norton) hijacks the bullion and kills the aging mentor in cold blood, Wahlberg enlists his other crew members (Jason Statham, Seth Green, Mos Def) in a complicated scheme to regain the swag and wreak vengeance on the killer. Glam girl Charlize Theron is rather improbably cast as Sutherland's daughter, a talented safecracker who works as a bank-security consultant; yet she manages to convince the viewer that she's willing and eager to join the lawbreakers and take down the man who murdered her father. As has become de rigueur in today's caper movies, The Italian Job devotes considerable footage to the deployment of high-tech gadgetry by the thieves. Seth Green, whose techno-geek is the film's most colorful character, uses his computer hacking skills to paralyze traffic in Los Angeles -- a move that precipitates the film's most suspenseful sequence, an extended car chase admirably staged by director F. Gary Gray (The Negotiator) and tightly edited to maintain a crackling pace. The well-chosen cast is uniformly good, and there's considerable humor to counterbalance the tense and darker moments. Like many thrillers, this movie is at times wildly improbable -- but it's also a great deal of fun.
All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Owing less to its source material than to Steven Soderbergh's high-starpower, low-wattage 2001 remake of Ocean's Eleven, F. Gary Gray's slick, anonymous Italian Job retains little of the 1969 film's buoyancy, or irreverence -- which in many ways may actually be a good thing. Perhaps realizing that alpha-hipster Guy Ritchie had already strip-mined the Michael Caine classic in not one but two goofball caper films (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, both of which also happened to star Jason Statham), Gray chooses instead to update a few impressive chase scenes, lift a couple one-liners, and otherwise leave the classic untouched. Italy doesn't even make much of an appearance in this Italian Job: Save for an opening heist in the canals of Venice and a snow-capped betrayal in the Alps, the movie languishes in the Southern Californian sun, making good use of L.A.'s seamy pawn shops, nouveau-riche mansions, and permanent gridlock. Unlike the 2001 Ocean's, the humor here is, for the most part, forced and trite; but also unlike Soderbergh's film, there's a genuine sense of gravity to the proceedings, a sense that there's something important riding on ringleader Mark Wahlberg's only-in-the-movies revenge scheme. For his part, Wahlberg is functional but uninspired; best among the bunch are Charlize Theron and Mos Def, both making the most of the few zingers the script has to give them.
New York Times
With its impeccable timing, steady kinetic drive and superbly choreographed chase sequences through the canals of Venice and the streets of Los Angeles, the movie, directed by F. Gary Gray, feels a like smooth, exciting whoosh down a ski slope. Stephen Holden
San Francisco Chronicle
This is pure entertainment but smart entertainment, plotted and executed with invention and humor and acted by a winning cast radiating good-movie energy. Mick LaSalle

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Special Features

Pedal to the Metal: The making of The Italian Job; Putting the words on the page for The Italian Job; The Italian Job - driving school; The mighty minis of The Italian Job; High Octane: Stunts from The Italian Job; Deleted scenes; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mark Wahlberg Charlie Croker
Charlize Theron Stella Bridger
Edward Norton Steve Frezelli
Seth Green Lyle
Jason Statham Handsome Rob
Mos Def Left Ear
Franky G. Mechanic
Donald Sutherland John Bridger
Pete Gawtti Skinny
Olek Krupa Mashkov
Christina Cabot Christina Griego
Giancarlo Giannini Actor
Kelly Brook Lyle's Girlfriend
Ryan Adams Metro Conductor
Scott Adsit Actor
John Alden Motorcycle Guard
Thomas Alexander Vance
Cristiano Bonora Garbagemen/Thugs
Fausto Callegarini Italian Guard
Julie Costello Becky
Tammy Cubilette Detective
Gregory Scott Cummins Ukranian
Valentine Ebunilo Kid On Right
Shawn Fanning Shawn Fanning
Gloria Fontenot Handsome Rob's Policewoman
Tiberio Greco Garbagemen/Thugs
Joel Homan Young Charlie
Melanie Jayne Skinny Pete's Girl
Terrelle Jones Kid On Left
Boris Krutonog Yevhen
Christopher Moore Young Left Ear
Oscar Nuñez Security Guard
Frank Nyi ATSAC Employee
Stefano Petronelli Garbagemen/Thugs
Mary Portser Stella's Receptionist
Simon Rhee Gold Truck Guard
Marty Ryan ATSAC Supervisor
Fabio Scarpa Garbagemen/Thugs
Jimmy Shubert Detective
Alfred Soltes Left Ear's Butler
Aaron Speiser Danielson
Erin Walker Bully
Merritt Yohnka Gold Truck Driver
Pete Anthony Conductor

Technical Credits
F. Gary Gray Director
Douglas B. Arnold Sound Mixer
Enrico Ballarin Production Manager
James Bayliss Set Decoration/Design
Tim Bevan Executive Producer
Bryan Bowen Sound Editor
Mark Bridges Costumes/Costume Designer
Kate Chase Special Effects
Susanna Codognato Art Director
Stefano Corridori Special Effects
Donald De Line Producer
Catherine Buyse Dian Costumes/Costume Designer
James R. Dyer Executive Producer
Timothy M. Earls Set Decoration/Design
Mike Edmondson Special Effects Supervisor
Eric Fellner Executive Producer
Elizabeth Finch Musical Arrangement
Richard Francis-Bruce Editor
Joan Giacomin Makeup
Thomas M. Groody Special Effects
Hugo Santiago Set Decoration/Design
Sheila Jaffe Casting
Wendy Japhet Executive Producer
Ken Johnson Sound Editor
Julianne Jordan Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Kamper Sound Editor
Randy Kelley Sound Editor
L. King-Devoreaux Stunts
Enrico Lucidi Camera Operator
Gian Maria Majorana Camera Operator
Lisa McDevitt Makeup
Doug Meerdink Art Director
Doug Metzger Asst. Director
Suzette Moriarty Musical Arrangement
Kathy Nelson Musical Direction/Supervision
Greg Papalia Set Decoration/Design
Wally Pfister Cinematographer
Denise Pizzini Set Decoration/Design
John Powell Score Composer
Donna Powers Screenwriter
Wayne Powers Screenwriter
Alan Rankin Sound Editor
Christopher Rouse Editor
P. Scott Sakamoto Camera Operator
Joaquin Sedillo Camera Operator
Lynsey Shmukler Associate Producer
Charles J.H. Wood Production Designer
Charles Wood Production Designer
Peter Zinda Sound Editor
Mark Zuelzke Art Director


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The Italian Job (2003) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
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When I went to see this one in the theatre, I was thinking 'ho hum, another bond'esque bore to sit through' little did I know that it would become my absolute favorite film! The script is actualy intelligent,I cared about the characters,the comedy is funny,there is possitively no sleezey girls,the special effects and car chases didn't put me to sleep,and best of all, the plot made sense!All in all a perfect 10 out of 10! If you don't buy this you must be a really boring person!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kept me on the edge of my seat. Mark Wahlberg was sensational. Can't wait till it's released on video.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great film, but i think it shouldn't have been called the Italian Job, as Italy is only featured at the begining and at the end ( and these are quite short clips! ) Like I said, it is a good film, but should have a better name!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great movie. It has plenty of action and also has some pretty funny parts. Lyle (a.k.a. The Real Napster) was my favorite character. It was easily the best movie of the summer, although I also liked LXG.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a ''remake'' of the fantastic original, this ''crash'm bash'm'' is a sadly inadequate. Perhaps if it had been titled something original rather than trying to ride the coattails of a classic Brit heist film, I might have enjoyed it but the very gall of titling this bit of fluff The Italian Job destroyed whatever enjoyment to be had.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was just a fun movie to watch. It had a compelling plot and some good stunts with the Mini's. It was just a good movie to get together with friends and watch. Mark Wahlberg did a pretty good job in it and seems to have really matured in his acting through his various movies. Just a plain ol' good flick.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For 1-it's not set in Italy, and has nothing to do with Italy. Also, the only simillarity between the original and this one is the Mini's (yet, the new Mini is huge-why bring back the Mini, when its name is controdicted-16' bigger than the original-why would you buy it-buy a Ford Focus). It's an good film, but when I remembered the title, it turned into the worst sequal ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie keeps you at the edge of your seat and rooting for the good guys. this movie also makes you want to race mini coopers. i loved it so much that i bought the dvd and watch it on cable any chance i get. The video game lets you feel what its like to race mini coopers. I cannot waite for the sequel with the original cast back and ready for more!!!!!!!!
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