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2000s, Action, Drama-Heist

The Italian Job (2003)

Duration 1h 51m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story Inspired by the first movie of the same name and involves the BMW mini as opposed to the BMC one. The 1969 screenplay written by Troy Kennedy-Martin
Writers/Script Donna Powers, Wayne Powers
Additional Info In the opening of the film Charleze Theron can be seen driving an original Mini. We have become used to the much larger new models, and forget how small the oringinals were. A hot one was the most exciting car you could drive.
Director F Gary Grey
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Charleze Theron, Donald Sutherland, Jason Statham, Seth Green, Mos Def, Edward Norton, Kelly Brook
Elevator Pitch The gang carry out a cunning robbery in Venice, the proceeds a pile of gold bars. They are betrayed by a member of the team who steals the gold, and so they have to execute a second daring robbery to recover it and exact their revenge.
Content The robberies are cunningly executed, there is violence in the snowy Italian mountains, a speed boat chase on the Venetian canals, and the final car chase through the streets and tunnels of LA in the super minis.
A View Once more I found this more fun the second time around on my big screen HD TV. The photography by Wally Pfister is terrific and the action holds the attention. Even if you are a fan of the original, which I am, this is still very watchable.

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