By Josh Wolk
July 20, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

A thief tries to leave the thug life…but he’s pulled in for one last heist! With The Score, there are three summer films recycling this plot. Even D.B. Cooper couldn’t keep these swindles straight. But let’s try.

MOVIE
Sexy Beast

PULLEE
Ex-robber Ray Winstone, once jailed for nine years, now happily retired in Spain with his ex-porn-star wife

PULLER
Sociopath Ben Kingsley, who cows Winstone with not-so-passive profanity

HEIST
Break into bank’s safe-deposit boxes, collect jewelry and cash to fund London crime boss’ swinging lifestyle

PULL
Three percent, plus bragging rights to having knocked over a bank with ”Gandhi’s crew”

MOVIE
Swordfish

PULLEE
Ex-hacker Hugh Jackman, once jailed for 18 months, now busy rescuing daughter from his porn-star ex-wife

PULLER
Supercriminal John Travolta, who mesmerizes Jackman with his plumber’s-crack goatee

HEIST
Hack into an L.A. bank, snatch $9.5 billion to fund anti-terrorist scheme — and the PR bill for Halle Berry’s breasts

PULL
$10 million, plus bragging rights to having a better hairdo than his boss

MOVIE
The Score

PULLEE
Safecracker Robert De Niro, never caught, wants to marry his girlfriend after one last money shot.

PULLER
Fence Marlon Brando, who weakens De Niro with hypnotically swaying chins 1, 4, 5, and 8

HEIST
Break into Montreal Customs House, steal priceless 17th- century scepter, possibly to fund Brando’s Hot Pockets tab

PULL
$6 million, plus bragging rights to being master thief of Canada. Yeah, ”bragging rights.”

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