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Film: The Score

The Score is a 2001 crime thriller directed by Frank Oz and starring Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Angela Bassett and Marlon Brando in his final film role.

Nick Wells (De Niro), 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 (Bassett), running his Montreal jazz club. Soon afterward, Max (Brando), his good friend and financial partner, comes along with an offer Nick can't refuse: A historical and priceless French sceptre 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 (Norton) to get the precious item. Only one question remains: Who will trick whom out of their share?

The Score contains examples of:

  • As Himself: At one point, Jack mentions a singer in Nick's nightclub is "pretty good." Who is this singer? Jazz legend Mose Allison. Nick lets it pass without comment.
  • Basement-Dweller: Stephen
  • The Cracker: Stephen
  • Fakin' MacGuffin: Nick (anticipating a double-cross) swaps out the sceptre he was hired to steal for the axle they used as stand-in during their trial runs, meaning that Teller ends up when nothing when he does betray him. Also qualifies as a Gambit Roulette.
  • Fat Bastard: Max
  • Gentleman Thief: Nick
  • Hacker Cave: Stephen lives in one.
  • The Heist
  • Hollywood Hacking: Anything involving Stephen. "Cruising around at root COBOL level when he pulled me into a private chat room" makes no sense at all, and neither (even in 2000) does encrypting an entire super-secret database with a single 10-key password that tells you every three characters if you're entering the correct one.
  • Improv: The back and forth between Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando, who were purposely given only key points to hit in dialogue and then simply left in front of a camera.
  • Ironic Echo: The near-Verbal Tic "Okay, bye bye" that Teller uses as part of his act is repeated back to him by Nick after the double cross occurs, which leaves Teller as the lead suspect.
  • Janitor Impersonation Infiltration: Jack gets a job on the Customs House cleaning crew to act as inside man for the heist.
  • Obfuscating Disability: Teller pretends to be mentally disabled as part of his plan to infiltrate the Customs House cleaning crew.
  • Oh Crap: Jack, at the moment he realises Nick has turned the tables on him and handed over a worthless sceptre. To add insult to injury, he is now the subject of a massive police manhunt.
  • One Last Job: Max talks Nick into stealing the sceptre as his last job.
  • Pet the Dog: Originally, Jack was going to kill Danny, but Edward Norton felt that Jack would want to spare Danny's life because Danny was a friend to Jack's alter ego Brian when he had no reason to be.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Stephen's final line to his mother.
  • What Were You Thinking?: Jack to Sapperstein and his cousin, when the latter sets up a money swap to take place in a public park with families and children all around.


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