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The Italian Job (2003)

The Italian Job (2003)

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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, Rovi

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Cast

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 Wrench
Marty Ryan
as ATSAC Supervisor
Aaron Speiser
as Danielson
Gloria Fontenot
as Handsome Rob's Policewoman
Olek Krupa
as Mashkov
Joel Homan
as Young Charlie
Melanie Jayne
as Skinny Pete's Girl
Christopher Moore Jr.
as Young Left Ear
Simon Rhee
as Gold Truck Guard
Merritt Yohnka
as Gold Truck Driver
Dr. Frank Nyi
as ATSAC Employee
Ryan B. Adams
as Metro Conductor
John Alden
as Motorcycle Guard
Mary Portser
as Stella's Receptionist
Gloria Gontenot
as Handsome Rob's Policewoman
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 (179) | Top Critics (43)

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.

May 6, 2008 | Full Review…
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.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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.

August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

A strangely satisfying though completely preposterous caper movie.

July 8, 2003 | Full Review…
New York Observer
Top Critic

A tricked-out remake of a heist flick that was already flat and formulaic in 1969.

June 5, 2003 | Rating: 1/4
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Wide-open absurdity would've helped; instead, there's a clotting of musical interludes and a general air of stoic grit.

June 3, 2003
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for The Italian Job

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

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

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
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Fun and enjoyable.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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