Click to enlargeTHE SCORE
The Score stands out in my mind because it presents characters I could know and perhaps even have met. These are not flat one-dimensional crooks, especially DeNiro?s Rick.
Review by BETTY HAMM


THE SCORE

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CREDITS

Click to enlargeDirected by Frank Oz
Story by Daniel E. Taylor and Kario Salem
Screenplay by Kario Salem, Lem Dobbs and Scott Marshall Smith

Robert De Niro .... Nick Wells
Edward Norton .... Jackie Teller/Brian
Marlon Brando .... Max Baron
Angela Bassett .... Diane
Gary Farmer .... Burt
David L. McCallum .... Rich Man

Click to enlargeProduced by Gary Foster (producer), Adam Platnick (executive producer), Lee Rich (producer), Bernie Williams (executive producer)
Original music by Howard Shore
Cinematography by Rob Hahn
Film Editing by Richard Pearson

MPAA: Rated R for language.

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There are no partners in crime

STUDIO SYNOPSIS:
Click to enlargeNick Wells (Robert De Niro) has had enough. A meticulous, thoroughly professional and highly successful international thief, Nick is ready to retire from crime. He?ll settle down with his girlfriend, Diane (Angela Bassett), and focus on running his legitimate business: Click to enlargea Montreal jazz club. But Max (Marlon Brando), his fence, friend and financial partner, has other plans for him.

Persuading Nick to violate two of his most important rules ? always work alone and never operate in the city where you live ? Max teams him up with Jackie Teller (Edward Norton). A young, aggressive and talented thief, Jackie needs Nick?s safe-cracking talents to make his first big score: Click to enlargea prize worth millions locked behind the walls of Montreal?s Customs House.

It?s a volatile combination in which egos clash and sparks fly, but the thrill of the heist has a grip on all three men, who won?t give up no matter the risk of capture?or betrayal.
? 2001 Paramount Pictures

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REVIEW

by BETTY HAMM bhamm@efcn.org
Movie Reviewer, Arts Director

Betty is happily married and serves as the Arts Director at the Evangelical Free Church, in Naperville. IL. (630)983-3232. She occasionally has a Chic Flic Night at her home (see Fried Green Tomatoes). She has an active interest in film. Some of her reviews include:
Best in Show, Brothers, Enemy at the Gates, Save the Last Dance, See Spot Run, Sweet November, Just Visiting, Mummy Returns, and The Tailor of Panama

Click to enlargeThe Score is a film with a finely constructed plot liberally sprinkled with action and suspense.

The acting is superb ? but what else would one expect from talents such as Brando, DeNiro and Norton?

I found myself thinking about other films and shows I have seen featuring a highly skilled thief with lots of toys. Click to enlargeThe Score stands out in my mind because it presents characters I could know and perhaps even have met. These are not flat one-dimensional crooks, especially DeNiro?s Rick. We watch his fears and struggles with the high risks he takes. Click to enlargeWe watch his values challenged and his loyalties tested. Here is a man with a great wardrobe, beautiful home, a terrific business and a gorgeous girl friend. However, his lifestyle does not cause one to envy him.

Click to enlargeThe film clearly shows that his criminal profession is taking a strong toll. I believe that amid a compelling story we see a message that our actions produce strong consequences.

Click to enlargeIt also shows that although sin may be highly tempting and enjoyable for a season, it is very difficult to break free once the path has begun. Fools mock at sin, but among the upright there is good will. The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish. There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. ? Proverbs

LOVED THE MOVIE
Subject: The_Score
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2001
From: Aidan

I absolutely loved 'The Score'. Edward Norton's acting was fabulous, and of course Robert de Niro played his role to perfection. I have to admit, the ending caught me totally by surprise, which allowed to really enjoy it. I never thought I would be cheering for a criminal, but I was in this case. I was so thrilled when Nick Wells had out-thought Jackie Teller. The movie does show the downside of crime in a big way. Of the three criminals, none are content or secure. They are constantly looking over their shoulders to make sure they aren't being conned. What a terrible way of life!

LOVED THE MOVIE
Subject: The Score
Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001
From: Betty

Loved the movie, but agree with another viewer, it was good, but not great. Robert DeNiro was good, and appropriately complex, but it was Edward Norton who brought tension to the film. Pushing, pushing, being aggressive and yet agreeable, just in the nick of time -- or so you think. Brando's character brought a certain amount of pathos, which showed the vulnerability of crime -- and of betting on the "big" one to dig you out from your troubles, that I liked. It helped underscore the moral "risk" DeNiro's character was really taking. The ending, which was immediately justifying and gratifying, on reflection, only underscored the common perception that well-disciplined risk is rewarded. This sentiment kind of goes against the adage - crime doesn't pay.

GOOD
Subject: The Score
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2001
From: AL

MY SON AND I BOTH FELT THE SCORE WAS A GOOD, NOT AN EXCELLENT, MOVIE. I FELT LIKE THE PLOT WAS A LITTLE TOO PREDICTABLE, BUT THE ACTORS WERE EXCELLENT IN PORTRAYING EACH CHARACTER. THE CRITICS IN OUR LOCAL PAPERS GRADED THE FILM MUCH HIGHER THAN I WOULD. IT DID HAVE A GOOD MIX OF SUSPENSE, ACTION AND DIALOGUE.

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