"The Score" is a tense and exciting crime film which features an all star cast. The main character of the movie is Nick Wells, played by Robert De Niro. Nick is a master thief. Nick is so good at his illegal job that he has finally made enough money to open a legitimate business. He now runs a jazz club and is in a serious relationship with a woman he truly cares for. He occasionally continues to steal high-priced items but Nick's real focus is now on his legal business. After he is nearly caught breaking into a safe, Nick decides to completely end his secret life.
Nick tells his friend Max, played by Marlon Brando, that he will not be taking any more illegal jobs. Max is the man who gets Nick these jobs and, because he takes a cut of what Nick makes, wants Nick to continue. Max tells Nick that there is one more job, with a huge payload, that he should take. To appease his friend, Nick agrees to do this one final thing.
Nick quickly begins to plan the heist. The item Nick is supposed to be stealing is an antique scepter worth untold amounts of money. The scepter was being smuggled into the United States. Due to issues during the smuggling operation, the scepter is being held at the Montreal Customs House in Canada. This leaves the scepter vulnerable and gives Nick time to steal it. However, breaking into the Customs House is no simple matter.
Knowing that Nick will need help, Max recruits a young thief named Jack, who is played by Edward Norton. Jack is very good at gathering information and planning the heist. However, there is something about Jack that keeps Nick from trusting him. As the story progresses, the planning of the heist continues in elaborate detail. In addition, Nick and Jack continue to feel each other out, wondering if they can trust each other.