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Director: Frank Oz

Cast: Frank Oz, Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Marlon Brando


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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 safecracking 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… See more details below


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 safecracking 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 operation, as it violates his two most important dictums in thievery: always work alone and never pull a job in your own city. The part of Max in The Score was written specifically for Brando by screenwriter Salem, although the improvisational star and his director Oz reportedly clashed during filming.

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Barnes & Noble
Three generations of movie actors are represented -- brilliantly, we might add -- by the starring triumvirate of this dazzling thriller, a slickly turned out caper film with a climactic plot twist worthy of Hitchcock. The Score’s "MacGuffin" (Hitch’s term for the person, goal, or object about which a thriller revolves) is a jewel-encrusted French scepter temporarily stored in a Montreal customs house. Robert De Niro portrays an aging professional thief who contemplates retiring to run his well-established nightclub and spend time with his long-suffering girlfriend (Angela Bassett). But along comes Marlon Brando -- De Niro’s silent partner, money launderer, and fence -- with a tantalizing story: He’s been asked by brash young thief Edward Norton, who spent months casing the customs house, to secure De Niro’s services in helping with the heist. It’s an irresistible proposition; but, potentially, a dangerous one. Muppeteer-turned-director Frank Oz (Bowfinger), best known for his comedies, demonstrates a surprising facility for caper-flick conventions. His camera peeks, darts, or swoops as demanded by the script, and he initially adopts a stately tempo that picks up as the scheme gradually unfolds and the robbery gets underway. It is the bravura performances of De Niro, Norton, and Brando, though, that really distinguish The Score from the dozen or so other films with similar plots and characters. These charismatic pros work together like the cogs in a well-oiled machine, and their ability to suck you into this otherwise routine story will make a dramatic third-act surprise even more satisfying than it might normally be. Oz and cinematographer Rob Hahn supply a feature-length commentary for the DVD, which also includes a "making of" documentary, additional footage, and theatrical trailers.
All Movie Guide - Scott Engel
The Score brings three generations of master actors together with fantastic results. Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, and Ed Norton take what amounts to a standard heist film and raise it well above the level of cops and robbers. De Niro acts with his eyes in a less-is-more-approach, giving his character, the seasoned thief Nick, the proper weight and experience to counter Norton's cock-sure youth and arrogance. Norton more than holds his own next to the two legends and further demonstrates that he is one of the best actors of his generation. Much was made of the off-camera antics of Brando, but when all is said and done, he gives his best showing since The Freshman. As Max, a gay fence who needs this one last score, Brando is both sarcastic and serious in the same breath, turning in the performance fans hoped he was still capable of. Angela Bassett is stuck with the girlfriend who issues the ultimatum, the job or me. It's unfortunate she is not given more to work with and instead is reduced to a shallow stereotype. Frank Oz (Bowfinger) makes the smart decision to let his incredible cast do what they do best -- act. For a film about a robbery, there is surprising little gunplay and not one car chase. Oz lets the story progress and the tension build without forcing his hand, creating more of a character piece than an action film. He also demonstrates an excellent eye for locations and shoots Montreal as lovingly as Woody Allen shoots New York. Although the story is one that has been told several times before, all involved refuse to allow the stale plot to drag them down with it. What's left is a smart film that can be enjoyed as a fun genre piece.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
The best pure heist movie in recent years.
Los Angeles Times
A top-drawer heist movie that ratchets up the tension inch by careful inch, The Score will remind you of classic caper films of the past, and that is a good thing. Kenneth Turan

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Special Features

Commentary by Director Frank Oz and Director of Photography Rob Hahn; The Making of The Score; Theatrical Trailer HD

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Nick Wells
Edward Norton Jackie Teller/Brian
Marlon Brando Max
Angela Bassett Diane
Gary Farmer Burt
Paul Soles Danny
Cassandra Wilson Actor

Technical Credits
Frank Oz Director
Pete Antico Stunts
Aude Bronson-Howard Costumes/Costume Designer
Kathleen Courtney Production Manager
Louis Craig Special Effects Supervisor
Jackson de Govia Production Designer
Lem Dobbs Screenwriter
Gary Foster Producer
K.C. Fox Set Decoration/Design
Glen Gauthier Sound/Sound Designer
Rob Hahn Cinematographer
Aude Bronson Howard Costumes/Costume Designer
Claude Lafrance Set Decoration/Design
Celine Lampron Set Decoration/Design
Felix Lariviere-Charron Set Decoration/Design
Claude Pare Art Director
Richard Pearson Editor
Adam Platnick Executive Producer
Tom Reta Art Director
Lee Rich Producer
Charlotte Rouleau Set Decoration/Design
Kario Salem Original Story,Screenwriter
David Sardi Asst. Director
Howard Shore Score Composer
Margery Simkin Casting
Scott Marshall Smith Screenwriter
Daniel E. Taylor Original Story
Lucie Tremblay Set Decoration/Design
Bernie Williams Executive Producer

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