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Director:
Writers:
Luigi Bartolini (novel)
Cesare Zavattini (writer) ...
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Release Date:
13 December 1949 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A man and his son search for a stolen bicycle vital for his job. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 18 wins See more »
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A Potpourri of Vestiges Review: The path to eternal salvation becomes obvious only through true understanding of human emotions See more (211 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lamberto Maggiorani ... Antonio Ricci
Enzo Staiola ... Bruno Ricci
Lianella Carell ... Maria Ricci
Gino Saltamerenda ... Baiocco
Vittorio Antonucci ... The Thief
Giulio Chiari ... The Beggar
Elena Altieri ... The Charitable Lady
Carlo Jachino ... A Beggar
Michele Sakara ... Secretary of the Charity Organization
Emma Druetti
Fausto Guerzoni ... Amateur Actor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Giulio Battiferri ... Citizen Who Protects the Real Thief (uncredited)
Ida Bracci Dorati ... La Santona (uncredited)
Nando Bruno ... (uncredited)
Eolo Capritti ... (uncredited)
Memmo Carotenuto ... (uncredited)
Giovanni Corporale ... (uncredited)

Sergio Leone ... A Seminary Student (uncredited)
Mario Meniconi ... Meniconi, the Street Sweeper (uncredited)
Massimo Randisi ... Rich Kid in Restaurant (uncredited)
Checco Rissone ... Guard in Piazza Vittorio (uncredited)
Peppino Spadaro ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Umberto Spadaro ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Vittorio De Sica 
 
Writing credits
Luigi Bartolini (novel)

Cesare Zavattini  writer &
Suso Cecchi D'Amico  (as Suso D'Amico) &
Vittorio De Sica  writer &
Oreste Biancoli  writer &
Adolfo Franci  writer &
Gerardo Guerrieri  writer

Produced by
Giuseppe Amato .... producer
Vittorio De Sica .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Alessandro Cicognini (also as Cicognini)
 
Cinematography by
Carlo Montuori 
 
Film Editing by
Eraldo Da Roma 
 
Production Design by
Antonio Traverso 
 
Production Management
Nino Misiano .... production supervisor
Umberto Scarpelli .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luisa Alessandri .... assistant director
Gerardo Guerrieri .... assistant director
Sergio Leone .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Biagio Fiorelli .... sound technician (as Gino Fiorelli)
Bruno Brunacci .... sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mario Montuori .... camera operator
Carlo Di Palma .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Willy Ferrero .... conductor
 
Other crew
Joseph Burstyn .... distributor
Roberto Moretti .... production secretary
Alberto Sordi .... voice dubbing (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ladri di biciclette" - Italy (original title)
"The Bicycle Thief" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
93 min | Spain:80 min (DVD edition) | West Germany:88 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The movie director Sergio Leone worked as an assistant for Vittorio De Sica during the filming of this movie. He also has a short appearance as one of the priests that are standing next to Bruno and Antonio during the rainstorm.See more »
Quotes:
The Beggar:I mind my own business, I bother nobody, and what do I get? Trouble.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in King of the Airways (1994)See more »

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48 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
A Potpourri of Vestiges Review: The path to eternal salvation becomes obvious only through true understanding of human emotions, 9 April 2011
Author: Murtaza Ali from India

Semantically speaking, self-realization is a probable prelude to catharsis, but at a much higher echelon of cognition the two become virtually inseparable as attaining the former would automatically yield the latter. At this threshold of enlightenment, human spirit attains a sense of ephemeral divinity that would either drive the human crazy or would lead him to salvation. This enlightenment can seldom be attained through vicarious means. Even cinema, with its unparalleled potential to stimulate and satiate, mostly falls short of being cathartic, and only in the rarest of the rare cases does it manage to accomplish the incredible and the extraordinary. Undoubtedly, Bicycle Thieves is one such rare moment of triumph, wherein cinema becomes not only the tool but also the medium for the viewer to attain eternal salvation.

Bicycle Thieves is an Italian neo-realist film by Vittorio De Sica. Neo- realism, a naturalistic movement in Italian cinema of the 1940s, aimed at giving cinema a new degree of realism, which promoted the use of an amateur cast vis-à-vis a professionally trained one and advocated shooting at real locations instead of the custom-built sets & studios. Keeping up with the spirit of the movement, Vittorio De Sica chose a factory fitter who had brought his son along for an audition as his male lead. His lead actress was a journalist who had approached him for an interview, while the young boy was filled by a child spotted in the crowd watching the filming.

Bicycle Thieves tells the story of a poor worker searching the streets of Rome for his stolen bicycle, which he needs to keep his job intact. The movie is an amalgam of contrasting human feelings of hope & despair, sacrifice & gratification, euphoria & melancholy, love & detestation, and malice & benevolence. Bicycle Thieves performs the central function of art, which is to discover the meaning of life. The movie brilliantly handles with utmost care and precision the tender and often painful relationship that universally exists between a father and a son. The later half of the movie presents cinema at its most vivid, vituperative and volatile culminating in one of the most impactful, melancholic and brutally humanistic finales ever filmed in cinematic history, the agony of which would keep the viewer contemplating for weeks, months, or even years.

The screenplay is simplistic, thought-provoking and at times nakedly brutal, while the cinematography is so effortless and magnificently beautiful that it appears as though a soul of a man has been filmed, and its true essence has been captured and preserved. The poignancy of the background score casts such a sustained spell that the movie experience is enhanced beyond imagination. American playwright Arthur Miller called it a lyrical masterpiece as it examines openly the destructive and draconian world man has made for himself. Marlon Brando once said, "Bicycle Thieves is the perfect example of what can be done in front of the motion picture camera and is so rarely done". Academy winner, Henry Fonda was so moved by the movie that he was tempted to write Vittorio De Sica a fan letter. The film is frequently on critics' and directors' lists of the best films ever made. It has captured every honor that the world of film can bestow including an Academy Honorary Award in 1950.

All these accolades and the ubiquitous acclaim cannot describe the actual experience of seeing this film and becoming a part of its emotional impact. It makes the viewer laugh, cry and experience a rainbow of emotions. Bicycle Thieves has withstood the test of time for over six decades, and is a film for anyone and everyone.

PS. It is a cinematic magnum opus, which accentuates the true might of cinema, and is a must for everyone, irrespective of cast, color, creed or gender. It's an ageless cinema for people of all age groups. 10/10

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