The Italian Job

May 30th, 2003

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The Italian Job

Still of Mark Wahlberg and Franky G in The Italian JobStill of Charlize Theron in The Italian JobStill of Mark Wahlberg in The Italian JobDonald De Line in The Italian JobStill of Charlize Theron in The Italian Job(Left to right) Seth Green as Lyle, Mos Def as Left Ear, Jason Statham as Handsome Rob, Mark Wahlberg as Charlie Croker and Charlize Theron as Stella.

Thieves plan to pull off the heist of their lives by creating Los Angeles' largest ever traffic jam.

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 6.9/10 (122,108 voted)

Critic's Score: 68/100

Director: F. Gary Gray

Stars: Donald Sutherland, Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton

A gang of robbers, lead by career criminal Charlie Croker, create the largest traffic jam in Los Angeles history, giving them time to pull off a theft of gold bullion. They get away in their Mini Coopers, which are small enough to drive on sidewalks so they can make a clean get away before the traffic jam clears.

Writers: Troy Kennedy-Martin, Donna Powers

Mark Wahlberg - Charlie Croker
Charlize Theron - Stella Bridger
Donald Sutherland - John Bridger
Jason Statham - Handsome Rob
Seth Green - Lyle
Mos Def - Left Ear
Edward Norton - Steve
Fausto Callegarini - Italian Guard
Stefano Petronelli - Garbageman / Thug
Fabio Scarpa - Garbageman / Thug
Cristiano Bonora - Garbageman / Thug
Tiberio Greco - Garbageman / Thug
Jimmy Shubert - First Detective
Tammi Cubilette - Second Detective
Mary Portser - Stella's Receptionist

Taglines: Chiisana YATSU hodo, karei ni kimeru [Japan]


Official Website: Official site | Terra [Spain] |

Release Date: 30 May 2003

Filming Locations: 295 North San Rafael Avenue, Pasadena, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $19,457,944 (USA) (1 June 2003) (2633 Screens)

Gross: $106,126,012 (USA) (2 November 2003)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The NetCom Cable van shows the phone number 1-800-555-0199. This is the same number that Al Pacino in The Insider and Kevin Spacey in American Beauty have.

Continuity: When the armoured truck comes crashing into the tunnel, the minis get covered in dust. By the time they drive off they are nice and shiny again.

[first lines]
Stella: [on the phone] Hello.
John Bridger: [on the phone] Hello, sweetie.
Stella: [on the phone] Daddy, it's early.

User Review

Maybe not the most original movie, but a very good one in the genre of the heist / action flicks

Rating: 8/10

A few years ago I saw this remake of the sixties classic with the Mini Coopers for the first time and I remember liking it a lot. Now, about two years later it was shown on television and I just wanted to know whether I would still like it as much as when I saw it in the cinema. Well, the answer is yes.

The movie is about a team of robbers that will do one final job in Venice, Italy. The plan is flawless and the execution perfect. They escape and won't have to work for the rest of their lives. But there is one problem they didn't take into account: Someone within their own ranks doesn't like to split the loot, but wants to keep it all for himself, even when that means he will have to kill the rest of the crew. But all but one survive and they are out for revenge. One year later, in Los Angeles this time, the surviving team members create a smart and devious plan to steal back the gold and get their revenge on the traitor...

The story on itself is of course not very original, since this is a remake of the original 1969 movie, but it has plenty of goodies to offer to make you forget about that. This is a typical heist / action movie but it certainly is one of the better ones in its kind. The action is very nice, the landscapes and Venice are real eye-candy, the story is OK and the special effects are stunning. Even the acting is very good, something which you'll not often see in an action movie. I must admit that I really liked what I saw and I give this movie a well deserved 7.5/10.

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