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The Italian Job Movie

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Mastermind thief Charlie Croker, executed the perfect heist, but the one thing he never saw coming was from a member of his own crew. After swiping gold bullion from a heavily guarded palazzo in Venice, Italy, Charlie and his posse--inside man Steve, NAPSTER Lyle, wheelman Handsome Rob, explosives expert Left-Ear and veteran safecraker John Bridger--can't believe it when one of them turns out to be a double crosser. Now the job isn't about the payoff, it's about payback! Enter Stella, a beautiful nerves of steel safecracker, who joins Charlie and his former gang after her dad is killed by Steve, where they plan to re-steal the gold in one of their most elaborate heists to date.

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about this Paramount Pictures movie is Mini Coopers and for good reason. The niche cars prove to be invaluable in this remake of a 1969 classic. The Mini Coopers provide a hip feel to this modernistic remake filled with many different subplots. The nice thing about this movie is that it provides entertainment on a wide level due to a variety of characters (Handsome Rob, Napster, etc) and the coolness of the Mini Cooper. 

This movie was re-released due to its popularity and did well during the labor day weekend following modest revenues in the summer of sequels. Mark Wahlberg gives a convincing performance as a locksmith thief with creative talents and a desire for setting things right. Charlize Theron and Edward Norton do decent jobs as secondary characters portraying their angst against Wahlberg and the lifestyles they lead.

In a world of crime and right and wrong these characters perform a good job using ideal cinematography techniques without using state-of-the-art computer graphics and exaggerated storylines. This movies premise is revenge and setting things right and it doesn't go off on a tangent keeping a concise plot with charismatic characters along the way.

Since the movie is concise and to the point it accentuates other idiosyncrasies in the movie such as Napster and character traits in this thriller. The movie attempts to be cool through niche cars (Mini Coopers), diverse characters (Napster and Handsome Rob), and dialogue (rarely insightful, but rather standoffish through conversations and actions).

In short if you are looking for a cool movie with niche cars and lots of fun and laughs, your search ends here. With comical subplots and diversity in character development this movie provides an entertaining thrill ride for a wide demographic

See this movie if you're a fan of:

Italian Job (1969)

James Bond (popular movie franchise starring Roger Moore, Sean Connertm and Pierce Brosnon)

Entrapment (1999)

The Score (1999)

Mark Wahlberg (The Perfect Storm, Boogie Nights)

Edward Norton (Fight Club, The Score)

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Box Office Info:

Mark Wahlberg (as Charlie Croker)
Charlize Theron (as Stella Bridger)
Donald Sutherland (as John Bridger)
Jason Statham (as Handsome Rob)
Seth Green (as Lyle)
Mos Def (as Left Ear)
Edward Norton (as Steve)

Directed By: F. Gary Gray
Written By: Donna Powers
Produced By: Paramount Pictures

Release Date (US): May 30, 2003

Length of Movie: 1h 44min

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence and some language.

Budget: $60,000,000

Opening Weekend: $20,854,735

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1. Opening Titles
2. The Italian Job
3. Venice Gold Heist
4. Boat Chase
5. Mourning John
6. Planning The Heist
7. Pawning The Gold
8. Cable Chick
9. Getting The Axe
10. The Devil Inside
11. Bitter Suite
12. The New Plan
13. Tunnel Run
14. Chopper Chase/Face-Off
15. Golden

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