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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Gendarmes et voleurs  »

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

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Cops and robbers,it's all the same.
5 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

I have always thought that Italian comedies were far superior to French ones.They all have a tragical side ,which eludes the French directors.

"Guardie e Ladri" is a long chase between a two-bit crook and a cop with a tender heart.The first scene when the lad pretends he is a guide and shows to the naive tourist Colombus's grave and Poppea's bathtub is sheer genius.If it were not enough ,the guide finds an "inestimable " coin,a sesterce from Augustus' time! The depiction of the two families,the cozy house of the cop where the girl plays the piano and the seedy small flat where the runaway packs into with his large family rings true.Actually Monicelli calls the establishment into question:unemployment,poverty,plenty of mouthes to feed ,can we really blame the thief?The last picture is revealing.


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