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Three generations of acclaimed actors team up in The Score, an intriguing crime thriller that marks the first time that legendary Oscar-® winners* Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando have shared the screen. Also starring Oscar-® nominee** Edward Norton, The Score wowed critics and audiences alike. When expert safecracker Nick Wells (De Niro) decides it might be time to settle down with his girlfriend Diane (Oscar-® nominee*** Angela Bassett) and stick to his legitimate business, running a jazz nightclub in Montreal, his friend and partner Max (Brando) has other plans. Heavily in debt to a crime boss, Max needs Nick to pull one last heist: help novice thief Jack Teller (Norton) steal a scepter worth $30 million from the House of Customs. Tempted by the $6 million payday, Nick reluctantly agrees to do the job. But what starts out as a safe bet turns into a high risk gamble when a clash of egos threatens to bring them all down. Featuring performances by jazz greats Cassandra Wilson and Mose Allison, The Score is one of the smartest, most entertaining crime capers ever filmed, with surprises at every turn. *De Niro: 1974 Best Supporting Actor, The Godfather Part II; 1980 Best Actor, Raging Bull; Brando: 1954 Best Actor, On the Waterfront **1996 Best Supporting Actor nominee: Primal Fear; 1998 Best Actor nominee, American History X ***1993 Best Actress nominee, What's Love Got To Do With It?
- Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
- Additional Footage
- "Making The Score"
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With dozens of movies behind him, ranging from comedies such as MEET THE PARENTS and ANALYZE THIS to tense, gritty urban pieces like A BRONX TALE, HEAT, and CASINO, and action adventure movies like 15 MINUTES, RONIN, and MIDNIGHT RUN, Robert De Niro has developed a captivating stage presence that often transcends character and plot. Marlon Brando needs no introduction after having starred in THE WILD ONE, ON THE WATERFRONT, ONE-EYED JACKS, and THE GODFATHER. Edward Norton has made his chops in PRIMAL FEAR, FIGHT CLUB, and AMERICAN HISTORY X. Frank Oz, the director, has been responsible for THE DARK CRYSTAL, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, and WHAT ABOUT BOB? Interestingly enough, Oz is also the voice of Miss Piggy of THE MUPPET SHOW and Yoda of STAR WARS fame.
The pacing of the movie was good and kept the viewer engaged with the various aspects of the heist. Edward Nortan played a tough character that carried a dark edge with him constantly. Robert De Niro came across naturally, as always--making him one of the favored multi-tasking actors such as Gene Hackman and Michael Caine that always deliver in whatever capacity they sign on for. The actual robbery itself was done extremely well, moving all the various components of the plot constantly without letting go a single tense angle.
With all the talent available for the movie, the viewer has the right to expect a little more from the performances. Brando and De Niro turn in solid performances, but a viewer might wonder how differently the movie might have played if Brando's role had been somewhat larger. Norton did admirably, playing off both powerhouses and carrying his own in the scenes. Angela Bassett was almost wasted in her role as Nick's girlfriend, but she provided Nick an anchor. Norton's character might have been fleshed out a little better if more of his personal life was revealed. Still, he did a fantastic job acting as Brian, the night janitor at the Customs House.
THE SCORE plays as a riff that most caper movie watchers have seen a number of times before. There's always another story about a thief about to put his business behind him, except he can't get past the temptation of one more big haul. Despite the familiarity of the plot line, THE SCORE is definitely worth watching. People who have enjoyed THE HEIST, SWORDFISH, and OCEAN'S ELEVEN will find much to enjoy with this DVD offering.