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The Swindle (1955)
"Il bidone" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  October 1962 (USA)
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A trio of con-men lead by a lonesome swindler must deal with their job and family pressures.

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Augusto
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Iris
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Picasso
Franco Fabrizi ...
Roberto
Sue Ellen Blake ...
Anna
Irene Cefaro ...
Marisa
Alberto De Amicis ...
Rinaldo
Lorella De Luca ...
Patrizia
Giacomo Gabrielli ...
Il Baron Vargas
Riccardo Garrone ...
Riccardo
Paul Grenter
Emilio Manfredi
Lucetta Muratori
Mario Passante
Sara Simoni
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Aging small-time con man Augusto, who swindles peasants, works with two younger men: Roberto, who wants to become the Italian Johnny Ray, and Bruno, nicknamed Picasso, who has a wife and daughter and wants to paint. Augusto avoids the personal entanglements, spending money at clubs seeking the good life. His attitude changes when he runs into his own daughter, whom he rarely sees, and realizes she's now a young woman and in need of his help to continue her studies. His usual partners are away, so he goes in with others to run a swindle, and they aren't forgiving when he claims he's given the money back to their mark. They leave him beaten, robbed, and alone. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Trivia

Finnish censorship visa register # 045946 delivered in 1960. See more »

Goofs

When Augusto and his daughter are sitting in the open-air café, the watch he is giving to his daughter jumps from his hand to on her wrist immediately. See more »

Quotes

Rinaldo: [Mockimgly] Do you still carry a skull with you?
Augusto: [to Picasso in the back seat] If you shake his hand, make sure to count your fingers. There might be a couple missing.
Rinaldo: Look who's talking!
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Beautiful early Fellini masterwork
24 May 2004 | by (Glendale, CA) – See all my reviews

Il Bidone is as good as anything Fellini has ever done. A masterwork with brilliant performances, stunningly beautiful shots and a wonderful script, this film tells more about Italy than any dozen other films. It all centers on Broderick Crawford's amazing acting -- the pinnacle of his career. An achingly wonderful film and a monumental performance. His character is so nasty and so bad -- yet still you feel sorry for him. But all the roles are filled with wonderful actors, down to the smallest bit part. Some of these scenes can't be rivaled anywhere -- the one between Crawford (dressed as a fake Monsignor) and the girl on crutches is one of the best bits of cinema in history.


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