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Bicycle Thieves (1948)
"Ladri di biciclette" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  13 December 1949 (USA)
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A man and his son search for a stolen bicycle vital for his job.



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Complete credited cast:
Enzo Staiola ...
Lianella Carell ...
Gino Saltamerenda ...
Vittorio Antonucci ...
The Thief
Giulio Chiari ...
Elena Altieri ...
The Charitable Lady
Carlo Jachino ...
A Beggar
Michele Sakara ...
Secretary of the Charity Organization
Emma Druetti
Fausto Guerzoni ...
Amateur Actor


Ricci, an unemployed man in the depressed post-WWII economy of Italy, gets at last a good job - for which he needs a bike - hanging up posters. But soon his bicycle is stolen. He and his son walk the streets of Rome, looking for the bicycle. Ricci finally manages to locate the thief but with no proof, he has to abandon his cause. But he and his son know perfectly well that without a bike, Ricci won't be able to keep his job. Written by jolusoma

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Release Date:

13 December 1949 (USA)  »

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Bicycle Thieves  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$11,845 (USA) (2 October 1998)


$332,930 (USA) (3 September 1999)

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Vittorio De Sica claimed he selected the actors for the characters of both Bruno and Antonio because of their walks. See more »


Antonio Ricci: I've been cursed since the day I was born.
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Exceptional film which should be honored and treasured
9 May 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

Italian Neorealism has always been one of my favorite film movements, and The Bicycle Thief appears to be one the finest examples of this medium. While people today might not understand the power in the story, one has to understand the nature state of Italy after World War II. The country was in ruins, and finding a good job was difficult. Desperation took over more often than reason, and this leads to the eventual climax of self pity and remorse. Quite a powerful film, for it is the only foreign film I have on my personal Top 25 list.

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