IMDb > Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Ladri di biciclette
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Bicycle Thieves (1948) More at IMDbPro »Ladri di biciclette (original title)

Photos (See all 18 | slideshow) Videos (see all 3)
Bicycle Thieves -- Corinth's NEW restored HD digital trailer for Italian masterpiece The Bicycle Thief.
Bicycle Thieves -- A man and his son search for a stolen bicycle vital for his job.

Overview

User Rating:
8.4/10   64,676 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 6% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Luigi Bartolini (novel)
Cesare Zavattini (writer) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for Bicycle Thieves on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
13 December 1949 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A man and his son search for a stolen bicycle vital for his job. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 17 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Powerful and dramatic See more (203 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)
Create a character page for: ?

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


Production CompaniesDistributors
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ladri di biciclette" - Italy (original title)
"The Bicycle Thief" - USA (poster title)
See more »
Runtime:
93 min | Spain:80 min (DVD edition) | West Germany:88 min
Country:
Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The film is frequently on critics' and directors' lists of the best films ever made. It was given an Academy Honorary Award in 1950, and, just four years after its release, was deemed the greatest film of all time by the magazine Sight & Sound's poll of filmmakers and critics in 1952. The film placed sixth as the greatest ever made in the latest directors poll, conducted in 2002.See more »
Quotes:
Antonio Ricci:Your mother and her prayers can't help us.See more »

FAQ

How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
Is this movie based on a novel?
What is neorealism?
See more »
65 out of 76 people found the following review useful.
Powerful and dramatic, 1 August 2004
Author: FilmOtaku (ssampon@hotmail.com) from Milwaukee, WI

It is post-war Rome and much of the city's residents are impoverished and desperate for work. One man named Ricci who haunts the job lines day after day to provide for his wife and two children, when suddenly his name is called for a well-paying city job. The only catch is that he needs a bicycle for the job, and he has just pawned his bicycle in order to feed his family. Thus begins `The Bicycle Thief', Vittorio de Sica's gritty study in realism. Ricci and his wife sell the sheets off of their beds to get the bicycle back, only to have the bicycle stolen on his first day on the job. In order to keep the job, he and his young son walk around Rome, desperate to find the thief, and more importantly, the bicycle before his next day of work.

de Sica chose non-actors to portray the characters in the film, favoring a further realistic vision by casting amateurs. The result is remarkable, because the pain and emotions conveyed are so true. The relationship between father and son is also compelling and endearing, in that for the most part, Ricci treats his son as an equal, letting him in on his innermost thoughts and fears, until the end, when a particular event causes him to be ashamed, and the roles become defined once again.

`The Bicycle Thief' personifies the refreshing fact that European cinema was more daring and also true in their reaction to post-war life. While America was trying to paint a heavy coat of rosy paint on the times by churning out the saccharine MGM musicals by the dozen, Europe was showing that the effects of a war fought on their home turf did not inspire moments of spontaneously breaking into song, or a choreographed dance number, rather life pretty much sucked, but survival, as difficult and ugly as it can be, is most important. `The Bicycle Thief' has been a critical favorite for decades, and for good reason. It is a must-see film for any cinephile.

--Shelly

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (203 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
I don't think I understand... polisciguy1984
Am I the only person that didn't think it was too great? AnUnknownPleasure
I felt so sorry for the kid *SPOILER* teenbk2002-1
Who are the people that help Ricci try to find his bike? captive4040
ot: what modern film would you compare to bicycle thieves? Philds15
Alt ending. angellvr123
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
I Vitelloni Pianese Nunzio, Fourteen in May Ossessione Christ Stopped at Eboli The Tree of Wooden Clogs
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb top 250 movies IMDb Drama section
IMDb Italy section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.