The Score

July 13th, 2001


The Score

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An aging thief hopes to retire and live off his ill-gotten wealth when a young kid convinces him into doing one last heist.

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 6.8/10 (56,200 voted)

Critic's Score: 71/100

Director: Frank Oz

Stars: Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Marlon Brando

Nick Wells, a professional criminal, decides to leave the business for good, since he nearly got caught on his last job. His plan is to live in peace with his girl Diane, running his Montreal jazz club. Soon afterward, Max, his good friend and financial partner, comes along with an offer Nick can't refuse: A historical and priceless French scepter has been discovered while being smuggled into the country. It is now under massive surveillance in the Montreal Customs House, and soon to be returned to France. Nick has to team up with Max's man inside, the young, talented and aggressive thief Jack Teller to get the precious item. Only one question remains: Who will trick whom out of their share?

Writers: Daniel E. Taylor, Kario Salem

Robert De Niro - Nick Wells
Edward Norton - Jack Teller
Marlon Brando - Max
Angela Bassett - Diane
Gary Farmer - Burt
Paul Soles - Danny
Jamie Harrold - Steven
Serge Houde - Laurent
Jean-René Ouellet - André (as Jean Rene Ouellet)
Martin Drainville - Jean-Claude
Claude Despins - Albert
Richard Waugh - Sapperstein
Mark Camacho - Sapperstein's Cousin
Marie-Josée Colburn - Woman in Study (as Marie-Josee D'Amours)
Gavin Svensson - Man in Study

Taglines: There are no partners in crime

Release Date: 13 July 2001

Filming Locations: Montréal, Québec, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $19,018,807 (USA) (15 July 2001) (2129 Screens)

Gross: $113,579,918 (Worldwide) (2002)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Marlon Brando refused to smile in his last scene in the movie, so his ever-so-slight smile was added in post-production by a computer.

Factual errors: The method used to blow the door off the safe by filling it with water and then igniting a charge would have completely crushed the scepter and the metal box it was in. Besides, safes aren't watertight.

Nick: When was it you started thinking you were better than me?

User Review

Three of the best actors from their generation shine.


The Score seems to start off slow for some, but the film's speed is important for the movie. It shows how DeNiro's character lives his life and his life is essential to the plot. "One more" is what he has been saying for years, but this time he means it and will do whatever it takes to make sure nothing goes wrong. Edward Norton's character gives Bob the most grief because he isn't sure if Norton will fly straight. Norton's performance is doubly magnificent and anyone who hasn't seen this actor in action is missing out big time. Brando delivers about 5 scenes that are right on key and provides some comic relief that fits nicely. Overall a really good film that will leave audiences with their jaws on the floor.


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