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Cops and Robbers (1951)

Guardie e ladri (original title)
Esposito is a thief who cons tourists in Rome. A lengthy persecution by police Bottoni, who manages to catch it starts. In an oversight Esposito manages to flee again. Bottoni superiors inform him that if no catches him will lose his job.

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Lorenzo Bottoni
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Ferdinando Esposito
Ave Ninchi ...
Giovanna Bottoni
Pina Piovani ...
Donata Esposito
William Tubbs ...
Mr. Locuzzo, the Tourist (as William Thubbs)
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Liliana Bottoni
Gino Leurini ...
Alfredo
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Amilcare
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Libero Esposito
Ernesto Almirante ...
Esposito's Father
Paolo Modugno ...
Paolo Bottoni
Pietro Carloni ...
The Police Commissioner
Mario Castellani ...
The Taxi Driver
Armando Guarnieri ...
The Barber
Ciro Berardi ...
Tavern Owner
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Esposito is a thief who cons tourists in Rome. A lengthy persecution by police Bottoni, who manages to catch it starts. In an oversight Esposito manages to flee again. Bottoni superiors inform him that if no catches him will lose his job.

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21 December 1951 (Italy)  »

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Gendarmes et voleurs  »

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Italian censorship visa # 10313 delivered on 23-10-1951. See more »

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It is an entertaining and good comedy by Monicelli that makes us laugh and reflect.
12 May 2011 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

"Esposito" (Toto) is a thief who cons tourists in Rome, but has the bad luck to return to coincide with one of his victims. Then they began a long chase by the police "Bottoni" (Aldo Fabrizzi) that finally was stopped. But in an oversight, "Esposito" manages to flee. Bottoni's superiors advise that, if it fails to capture the con man, will be without work. So "Bottoni" to capture, will enter the family circle "Esposito".

In the beginning, the director Mario Monicelli signed several films in collaboration with Steno, already showing his great talent for comedy, as in this case. Despite the comic tone that logically chairs the film, we must also highlight the successful scenes that it offers, about postwar Italian society, so the script is showing us the U.S. aid, poverty in urban suburbs, the economic troubles are subjected to destitute families, etc. Thus, the more inquires "Bottoni" on the "Esposito", most closely identified with their problems, and help pay interest at the beginning of his family, ends up becoming an honest solidarity.

I highlight two interesting scenes, a very funny, when (Carlo Delle Piane), "Espósito's son" read the writing he does at school about his dad, and talk with "Bottoni" and "Esposito"in the portal, it is the key scene that sums up the feelings of the two protagonists.

The film has a successful screenplay and great performances, with the famous Toto, and Aldo Fabrizi. Monicelli's hand is felt in the opening sequence, very witty and well told, and masterfully finished with a family meal.


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