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Bicycle Thieves -- A beautiful, simple story of a man in post-war Rome who needs his bicycle in order to work at his job. No sooner does he retrieve it from pawn, then it is stolen. The heartwrenching search teaches the man and his son much about the meaning of life and just how far we will go when pushed to the edge. Winner of a special Academy Award.
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Bicycle Thieves -- A man and his son search for a stolen bicycle vital for his job.

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Release Date:
13 December 1949 (USA) See more »
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A man and his son search for a stolen bicycle vital for his job. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 18 wins See more »
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Powerful and dramatic See more (219 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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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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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Even though Lamberto Maggiorani remained uncomfortable with the mechanics of filmmaking and acting, he nevertheless began to feel a merging of his own identity with that of his character Antonio. Vittorio De Sica later stated that Maggiorani "confessed to me that he had experienced this sensation, acutely and poignantly, in the last scene in the film: Antonio, in a moment of revolt against his cruel fate, attempts robbery and is arrested and maltreated in front of his son. When, through his tears, Lamberto Maggiorani felt his hand seized by little Staiola, it seemed to him that it really was his son who took his hand, and his tears became real tears of burning shame. In a few months of patient effort, I had brought this man to the point of being able to forget himself in his role and to enter fully into the sad story."See more »
Quotes:
Antonio Ricci:"Why should I kill myself worrying when I'll end up just as dead?"See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in King of the Airways (1994)See more »

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71 out of 83 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

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