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

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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

Augusto: [Contemptuously] You give your wife every cent! Jerk!
Picasso: [Trying to get approval] But, Augusto, I...
Augusto: [Lecturing] People like us can't have families. One must be free to move. You can't have a wife. You must be alone. The most important thing when you're young is freedom. It's more important thn the air you breathe. You're scared now! What will you do when you're my age?
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Heartbreaking Story
30 April 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Fellini picture that doesn't get the same amount of attention as his best films of 8 and a Half(1963), La Strada(1954), or La Dolce Vita(1960). One of the final Neo realism films the director did before turning his attention to films that were filled with colorful characterizations. Precusor to The Sting(1973) except this movie is not a comedy. About a conman who wants to reform after meeting his daughter for the first time in a long time. Broderick Crawford puts forth a sympathetic performance as the Veteren conman, Augusto. Its probably the best performance in the actor's long career. Il Bidone/The Swindle(1955) is the middle and least known film of the Loneliness trilogy which includes La Strada(1954) and Nights of Cabiria(1957). All three of these movies reveal that the characters are naive about life around them. Getting a little regconition from some people because of its release on Home Video for the first time. The final frame of the picture reminds me of a scene from Don't Torture a Duckling(1972).


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