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The Italian Job (2003)



Critic Consensus: Despite some iffy plot elements, The Italian Job succeeds in delivering an entertaining modern take on the original 1969 heist film, thanks to a charismatic cast.

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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 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. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for violence and some language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Troy Kennedy-Martin, Wayne Powers, Donna Powers
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 7, 2003
Box Office: $106.0M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Mark Wahlberg
as Charlie Croker
Charlize Theron
as Stella Bridger
Donald Sutherland
as John Bridger
Jason Statham
as Handsome Rob
Yasiin Bey
as Left Ear
Christina Cabot
as Christina Griego
Stefano Petronelli
as Garbageman/Thug
Ryan Adams
as Metro Conductor
Fabio Scarpa
as Garbageman/Thug
Cristiano Bonora
as Garbageman/Thug
Tiberio Greco
as Garbageman/Thug
Jimmy Shubert
as First Detective
Tammi Cubilette
as Second Detective
Fausto Callegarini
as Italian Guard
Terrelle Jones
as Kid On Left
Valentine Ebunilo
as Kid On Right
Oscar Nunez
as Security Guard
Tammy Cubilette
as Detective
Franky G
as Mechanic
Marty Ryan
as ATSAC Supervisor
Aaron Speiser
as Danielson
Olek Krupa
as Mashkov
Gloria Fontenot
as Handsome Rob's Polic...
Joel Homan
as Young Charlie
Melanie Jayne
as Skinny Pete's Girl
Simon Rhee
as Gold Truck Guard
Merritt Yohnka
as Gold Truck Driver
Dr. Frank Nyi
as ATSAC Employee
Ryan B. Adams
as Metro Conductor
Mary Portser
as Stella's Receptionis...
John Alden
as Motorcycle Guard
Gloria Gontenot
as Handsome Rob's Polic...
Alfred Soltes
as Left Ear's Butler
Kelly Brook
as Lyle's Girlfriend
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Critic Reviews for The Italian Job

All Critics (180) | Top Critics (44)

This one offers some agreeably mindless fun in which the villains (including Norton) are truly villainous, the payback is satisfying in a purely infantile way, and the familiarity of everything is oddly comforting.

Full Review… | May 6, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Itresembles a film made up on the fly. The cast, too, are strictly cut from comic books. Don't expect any unconventional endings either.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This unglamorous approach has the odd effect of making them seem more glamorous -- we're free to soak up their star quality because there's no hard sell to fight off.

Full Review… | August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Exciting heist film for teens and their families.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

It is in Gray's spirited execution that such by-the-book formula makes for a brisk, slick entertainment hits the summer movie spot.

Full Review… | January 9, 2010

A fun bit of action comedy with a bang up cast.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for The Italian Job

An exhilarating action-packed movie that is pretty satisfying for what it intends to be: an exciting, fast-paced fun ride with a great dose of humor and which benefits from a great cast and the beauty of its locations, especially Venice.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


Cool and slick, with a decent cast to deliver the goods, this heist caper is less about the steal than about the tension between the characters working the grab. The audience I saw it with audibly gasped when the twist showed up early on.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Fun and enjoyable.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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