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THE ITALIAN JOB

Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton, Charlize Theron, Christina Cabot, Mos Def

Directed by: F. Gary Gray
Written by: Troy Kennedy-Martin (1969 screenplay), Donna Powers, Wayne Powers, Neil Purvis, Robert Wade
Distributor: Paramount Pictures

US: 05/30/03
UK: 19/09/03

A band of thieves, led by Charlie Croker (Wahlberg), pulls off the ultimate heist by rigging the stoplights of the city of Los Angeles so that they can drive right out of the city with a carful of gold (in a safe that they're stealing back after Croker's double-crossing ex-partner, played by Edward Norton, stole it from Croker first), with nothing but green lights, while everyone else gets red lights, thus keeping the roads plugged with the largest traffic jam in L.A. history, and the police from pursuing them.
How will this mini adventure travel? To anyone who loves English movies, this is the 1969 gem which starred Michael Caine. "You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off" has been voted the best movie line ever in a recent Brit poll. (Not by me, I hasten to add - good though it is, you need to see the scene for it to work!) The original bombed in the US for many reasons - #1 being no publicity apparently. However, then as now, the biggest thing in the movie will be the smallest: the Mini Cooper cars used in the heist. I'm looking forward to it - but then I don't have this weird hang-up about US remakes of UK classics. One thing is for sure though - Wahlberg ain't no Caine.

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