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

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Release Date:
13 December 1949 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
In post-war 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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 18 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Exceptional film which should be honored and treasured See more (233 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lamberto Maggiorani ... Antonio

Enzo Staiola ... Bruno
Lianella Carell ... Maria
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  (as Cicognini also)
 
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
Roberto Moretti .... production secretary
Alberto Sordi .... voice dubbing (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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  • Gevaert  shot on negative (as Gevaert "Pancro 47")

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:
Vittorio De Sica still hadn't found the ideal actor to play Bruno when filming began. It was while he was shooting the scene in which Antonio searches for his friend who can help him locate the bike that fate intervened. "I was telling Maggiorani something," he recalled, "when I turned around in annoyance at the onlookers who were crowding around me, and saw an odd-looking child with a round face, a big funny nose and wonderful lively eyes. Saint Gennaro has sent him to me, I thought. It was proof of the fact that everything was turning out right." And so little Enzo Staiola was hired on the spot to play Bruno.See more »
Quotes:
La Santona:[Addressing a young man seated before her, apparently seeking advice on his love life] You must plant your seeds in another field. Do you understand what I mean?
Young man seeking advice:No, I don't understand.
La Santona:It's simple, my boy. What good is planting seeds if the soil rejects them? You plant, but don't gather. Understand?
Young man seeking advice:I haven't understood a word.
La Santona:[Becoming impatient] She doesn't love you! Forget her!
La Santona:[Pausing for effect] Dear boy, you're very ugly. Yes, ugly. There are so many other women... Go and plow another field!
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35 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Exceptional film which should be honored and treasured, 9 May 2002
Author: Agent10 from Tucson, AZ

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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