12 certificateThe Italian Job is a Film programme that first aired in 2003 and has been classified a 12 certificate.

The Italian Job is a 3 star programme

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The Italian Job (2003)

Directed by
F. Gary Gray

It may seem like swapping the crown jewels for bling, but the American remake of British cinema's best-loved heist movie is not a complete travesty. In fact some observers think it's just as enjoyable as the original.

Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg) replaces John Bridger (Donald Sutherland) as leader of a gang of thieves, and celebrates his promotion with a multi-million-dollar raid in Venice. With the bullion in tow, gang member Steve Frezelli (Edward Norton) betrays his friends, killing Bridger and leaving the rest of the team - he presumes - to die. But they survive, and Croker spends the next year locating the traitor. He succeeds, approaching Bridger's daughter, Stella (Charlize Theron), to use her safe-cracking skills to join the gang, rob Steve, and avenge her father's death...

Sacrilege in principle, but reasonably entertaining in reality, the remake updates location, character and plot for modern tastes without sacrificing the knockabout fun of its ancestor. It boasts a bigger budget which translates into a parade of stunts, confirming F. Gary Gray's prowess as an action director. And, like the original, the thieves do their own stunt driving (Jason Statham was tutored by Damon Hill, while Mos Def had to learn to drive) and get to make mayhem with Minis.

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Also known as "La Estafa Maestra", "Un boulot à l'italienne"

Genre: Film

Running Time: 115 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2003

Rating:
3/5 Stars

Classification: 12 Certificate

Filmed in Colour

Cast

Image for Mark WahlbergMark Wahlberg...Charlie Croker
Image for Charlize TheronCharlize Theron...Stella Bridger
Image for Donald SutherlandDonald Sutherland...John Bridger
Image for Jason StathamJason Statham...Handsome Rob
Image for Seth GreenSeth Green...Lyle
Image for Mos DefMos Def...Left Ear
Image for Edward NortonEdward Norton...Steve
Fausto Callegarini...Italian Guard
Stefano Petronelli...Garbageman/Thug
Fabio Scarpa...Garbageman/Thug
Cristiano Bonora...Garbageman/Thug
Tiberio Greco...Garbageman/Thug
Jimmy Shubert...First Det.
Tammi Cubilette...Second Det.
Mary Portser...Stella's Receptionist