From TheScarletSp1der’s shelf to yours…#8

It’s been a little while since I’ve done one of these segments. (You can actually see ALL of these segments from the past by clicking HERE). I love these segments.

Sometimes, instead of choosing to go out to watch a movie, you may feel like watching one at home. Only…which one do you watch? Every so often I like to make movie recommendations for you from the movies that I have in my own personal stash through a segment that I love to call “From TheScarletSp1der’s shelf to yours…”

Do you like to collect movies? If you do, you know that the value of a worthy movie collection lies not in quantity, but in quality. As I’ve said before, “You may have 500 movies, but if 375 of them are horrible….then your neighbor with 75 classics has a better collection! In my opinion.” Hopefully these segments will help you in your quest for the perfect movie collection. Several great films never get the recognition that they are due. So, I choose to share the ones I know of with you! Here’s another peek into my own personal movie stash. Enjoy!

My movie to share from my shelf to yours today is: The Italian Job 

One of my favorite movies, 2003’s The Italian Job is actually a remake of a 1969 film with the same title that starred Michael Caine and Benny Hill (see HERE). I actually love and own both versions, but my highlight today focuses on the 2003 edition. I will explain the slight differences between the two in just a little bit. First off, here is the synopsis of the film.

Taken directly from the back of the dvd case:

The plan was flawless. The execution was perfect. Charlie Croker pulled off the crime of a lifetime. The one thing that he didn’t plan on was being double-crossed. Now he wants more than the job’s payoff…he wants payback.

Mark Wahlberg is electrifying as Croker in this “fast and furious action-adventure.” Along with a drop-dead gorgeous safecracker (Charlize Theron), Croker and his team take off to re-steal the loot and end up in a pulse-pounding, pedal-to-the-metal chase that careens up, down, above and below the streets of Los Angeles.

With an ensemble all-star cast that also includes Edward Norton, Set Green, Jason Statham, Mos Def, Franky G and Donald Sutherland, The Italian Job is “Hot!”

Here’s the trailer:

If you’ve seen the original, then you might realize that the original is about figuring out how to complete a great heist and the getaway. The remake focuses more on revenge and also the recapture of the loot taken from the double-cross. Essentially, it is TWO Italian jobs! A rather entertaining heist film with a great mix of different elements and style.

With an excellent blend of comedy, wit, action, thrill, relationships, angst, and revenge; and an all-star cast directed by F. Gary Gray, The Italian Job is a film that does not disappoint!

Trivia about The Italian Job:

  • Winner of 5 awards, including one Taurus Award for “Best Specialty Stunt!”
  • First film in history to actually shut down Hollywood Blvd for over a week!
  • Michael Caine can be seen on a big screen television in one of the scenes (TV cameo)!
  • The main actors did the majority of the stunt driving. Including Charlize Theron, who was considered the BEST driver of the crew.
  • After being used to driving so fast on set, Theron received speeding tickets twice off set on her drive home!
  • Jason Statham received special stunt driving lessons from Damon Hill, the British ex-world champion Formula 1 driver.
  • Mos Def needed driving lessons because, prior to filming, he did not have a driver’s license.
  • “The Venice authority allowed the crew to go over the speed limit for the boat chase sequence.” -direct quote from
  • A set depicting an underground tunnel was so large that they instead used the hangar that the 1st space shuttle was built in!
  • “(At 85:38) Just before the armored truck drops when they blow the explosives on the street, a person in a Spider-Man costume can be seen reacting amongst the civilians.” -direct quote from
  • Director F. Gary Gray accepted the project having not seen the original. He watched the original once to pay appropriate tribute, but also to avoid copying it.
  • Ed Norton reluctantly attached himself to the project only out of contractual obligation to Paramount.

Director F. Gary Gray also directed Friday, The Negotiator, A Man Apart, and Law Abiding Citizen. Working with several big name actors all at the same time is something he has proven time and time again to be proficient at. The Italian Job is no different. The biggest wins for this film include the actors, the action, the comedy, the plot, and the simple numerous tributes to the original (including some pretty awesome mini-coopers!) Be sure to check it out!

Rated PG-13 for violence and some language, The Italian Job is an exciting heist action thriller that will always remain one of my favs to stay at home and watch! It fulfills desires for great characters, revenge, action, drama, and more. The only thing about this film is, once it’s done, you realize that the entire movie, you were cheering for a group of thieves! haha. A movie that makes you hope for the “bad guys!”

For your viewing pleasure, it is my great pleasure to recommend The Italian Job “From TheScarletSp1der’s shelf to yours!”

Thanks for reading! Again, you can click HERE to see the other previous recommendations from TheScarletSp1der’s shelf to yours!

Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy watching!

The Sp1der’s Score: I’m not going to rate the movies in the “Shared Shelf” segments….I already own them! That’s gotta tell you something! :D

Thank you to IMDB for the trivia info!

up next: “Trailer Time Thursday!”


  1. I really didn’t like this remake. I think it just felt like I was cheating on an old girlfriend. Being a brit the Italian Job (original) is a film we grow up with and an important part of a Sunday afternoon.

    Great write up though T


  2. I’ve got this one in my collection, you made me want to rewatch it again. I love the cast and F. Gary Gray did a great job making it entertaining. Great post, T!


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