The Italian Job is a 2003 American heist film directed by F. Gary Gray. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton, Seth Green, Jason Statham, Mos Def and Donald Sutherland. Based on the 1969 British film of the same name, The Italian Job is about a team of thieves who plan to steal gold bullion from a former associate who double crossed them. Despite the shared title, the plot and characters of this film differ from those of its source material; Gray described the film as \\\"an homage to the original.\\\" Most of the film was shot on location in Venice, Italy and Los Angeles. Produced by Paramount Pictures, The Italian Job had a successful theatrical release in the summer of 2003, and grossed over $170 million worldwide. Critical response was generally positive.
A gang of robbers, lead by career criminal Charlie Croker, create the largest traffic jam in Los Angeles history, giving them time to pull off a theft of gold bullion. They get away in their Mini Coopers, which are small enough to drive on sidewalks so they can make a clean get away before the traffic jam clears.