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13 December 1949 (USA) See more »
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Set in Post-WWII Italy, a working class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 18 wins See more »
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Another one to add to my top 50- a delicate study of desperation in post war Italy See more (227 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
Cesare Zavattini (story)

Luigi Bartolini (novel)

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

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:
89 min | Spain:80 min (DVD edition) | West Germany:88 min
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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:
Antonio Ricci:I've been cursed since the day I was born.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Wadjda (2012)See more »

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86 out of 100 people found the following review useful.
Another one to add to my top 50- a delicate study of desperation in post war Italy, 8 April 2003
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Vittorio De Sica's ground/heartbreaking motion picture, The Bicycle Thief, is based on a very simple ideal for a story- man against the elements. In this case the elements are of a society that is often cruel and unforgiving, and that a job in post-war Rome is looked on as the luckiest of good luck charms.

Such a man as presented by De Sica is Maggiorani (an actor who really is the type of actor right off the street), a father of a little boy who gets a job putting up movie posters along some walls in Rome. To do this he needs a bicycle, or the job will be lost, and he gets one following a pawning of linen sheets. Very soon though, the bicycle is stolen, and from there a sad downward spiral unravels for the man and his son as they scour the streets for the bicycle.

While the score adds basic dramatic tension, everything else on the screen is done to such a pitch of neo-realism it's at times shattering, joyful (scene in the pizzeria the most note-worthy), and with a feeling of day-to-day resonance to those who may have not even felt at or below the poverty level in their lives. Credit due to all parties involved, though I don't think the boy Bruno, played by Staiola, gets nearly enough considering his role as a minor coming of age (that moment after the father and son leave the church nearly brought tears to my eyes). A++

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