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THE ITALIAN JOB

 
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At Theaters: 5/30/2003 On Video: 10/7/2003
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 43 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 419910
Studio: Paramount Pictures Corp.
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Mastermind thief Charlie Croker pulls of an amazing gold bullion heist from a heavily guarded palazzo in Venice, Italy, only to be double-crossed by one of his crew. Seeking revenge, Charlie recruits Stella, a beautiful nerves-of-steel safe cracker, and along with his former gang, follows the backstabber to California where thye plan to re-steal the gold.
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Action Crime - This movie is NOT the action packed thriller it appears to be from the previews. It has some nice action at the beginning and at the end but the middle consists of mostly dialog and planning the caper. There's a decent amount of suspense from the action and the crime caper, but this isn't an especially thrilling movie. It's primarily a drama with some humor.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Mark Wahlberg THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE, ROCK STAR
Charlize Theron TRAPPED, THE CURSE OF THE JADE SCORPION
Edward Norton 25TH HOUR, RED DRAGON, DEATH TO SMOOCHY, THE SCORE
Director: F. Gary Gray A MAN APART, THE NEGOTIATOR
Producer: Donald DeLine THE WATERBOY, RUSHMORE, ARMAGEDDON
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Production Notes Heading
About The Story
A Driving Personality
About The Production
The Magnificent Mini
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 1 GD, 8 A-words, 6 S-words. Just a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: Some non-graphic killing.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some minor drinking.
ACTION: A nice chase scene at the beginning and at the end.
COMEDY: Several mildly funny comments and scenes.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Good "The Italian Job isn't a masterpiece, but it gets the job done. There are some problems, but, for the most part, I was entertained. There's a fair amount of suspense, and I was generally impressed by the thoroughness of the caper plots. It delivers all that one could reasonably hope from it.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Good "The Italian Job is nothing more, or less, than a slick caper movie with stupendous chase scenes and a truly ingenious way to steal $35 million in gold bars from a safe in a Venetian palazzo. This is just the movie for two hours of mindless escapism on a relatively skilled professional level.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Average "Hollywood can't resist making stupid caper movies because they keep the industry going, akin to what Goobers and that oozy nacho cheese do for concession stands. But do yourself a favor and resist The Italian Job, a lazy and in-name-only remake of 1969's G-rated Michael Caine heist pic.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Average "The original ITALIAN JOB was primarily an excuse to show off the mod cast and the Mini Coopers. This version moves like a freight train, but suffers from a debilitating charm deficit. Wahlberg is no Michael Caine and Norton delivers what must be the sourest, most lifeless performance of his career to date. And really, when a pint-sized automobile has more sex appeal than Charlize Theron, something is seriously out of whack.''

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 170 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
6
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
6
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
13
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
29
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
15
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
49
High
92%
30+Adults (F)
52
Very High
96%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

The majority of the opinions are in the "Very Good" to "Excellent" range, which obviously indicates a movie most enjoyed very much. However, the somewhat low number of "Fantastic" opinions coupled with the somewhat high number of "Very Good" and lower opinions tells me that relatively few thought it was great.

Still, this is a movie I can easily recommend, since I'm confident that most will find it enjoyable, at least to some degree.

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
First let me say that this movie is NOT the action packed story it appears to be from the previews. There's some exciting chase action at the beginning and at the end ,but the middle consists of a lot of talking and planning. This isn't a bad thing, because it's still entertaining, but it's just not what most would go in expecting.

I enjoyed The Italian Job, but I didn't think it was great. It's just a slightly above average crime caper movie that has a decent amount of humor and action with some entertaining plot twists. I believe most will enjoy The Italian Job.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
The plan was flawless... the job was executed perfectly.. .the escape was clean. The only threat mastermind thief Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg) never saw coming was from a member of his own crew. After pulling off an amazing gold bullion heist from a heavily guarded palazzo in Venice, Italy, Charlie and his gang inside man Steve (Edward Norton), computer genius Lyle (Seth Green), wheelman Handsome Rob (Jason Statham), explosives expert Left-Ear (Mos Def) and veteran safecracker John Bridger (Donald Sutherland) 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 (Charlize Theron). a beautiful nerves-of-steel safecracker, who joins Charlie and his former gang when they follow the backstabber to California. where they plan to re-steal the gold by tapping into Los Angeles' traffic control system, manipulating signals and creating one of the biggest traffic jams in L.A. history!

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