The Score is a 2001 crime drama. The film's cast includes Robert De Niro as Nick Wells, a professional safe cracker from Montreal, who wants out of the criminal life for good because of his age and his girlfriend (Angela Bassett), Edward Norton as Jack Teller, the ambitious new kid who teams up with Wells for this "inside job", and Marlon Brando as Max, Wells' financial partner and good friend, who plans the caper and connects Wells with Teller. This is the only time Brando and De Niro ever appeared in a film together.
In the film, a retiring thief, Wells, is persuaded to engage in one last heist with help from rookie thief Teller. The two men intend to steal a priceless French scepter, once thought lost but rediscovered as it was brought into Canada illegally. However the job requires getting the artifact out of the heavily-guarded Montreal Customs House, where Teller has taken a maintenance job. In order to avoid suspicion, Teller has played the part of Brian, who is mentally challenged.
Most of the conversations between Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando are improvised. Edward Norton later admitted he wasn't very fond of the script and only did the film to work with De Niro and Brando.
This film was Marlon Brando's final completed film before his death in 2004. However two years after his death, he appeared in the film Superman Returns in archive footage as Jor-El, a role he played in the original 1978 film Superman and the 1980 sequel Superman II.
Frank Oz on the DVD commentary defends the film as one in which he desired to take risks. Therefore, they started filming with an incomplete script and used several shooting methods that are usually frowned upon in the industry.