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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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Cast

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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

Italian censorship visa # 19858 delivered on 4-10-1955. 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

Augusto: [Contemptuously and vehemently] If you're mother wasn't worse than you, she'd have strangled you at birth.
Roberto: Yes, but don't spit in my face.
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A Heart Wrenching Comedy
3 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie follows the exploits of Augusto and his team of unscrupulous crooks, they cheat and swindle the poorest, and most helpless, of the Italian countryside stealing what little savings these people have for promises of immense riches. They then return to Rome where everyone seems to be trying to work the other, each character and minor character tries to outwit the other. There are a few very subtly funny hustling scenes that are offset by the tragic everyday life of Augusto. He is no longer a young hustler, but a middle aged crook with nothing to look forward to. That is, until he sees his young, and estranged daughter Patrizia, and he sees her as a way to make his life more meaningful, or maybe, less lonely. (POSSIBLE SPOILERS) And she only needs a small sum of money to help her get on her feet, so Augusto, the working man he is, tries to help her. The viewer gets the feeling that it might actually be one last bidone, or big swindle, and for once he has a legitimate reason. But, in the life of Augusto nothing can be as easy as that. Augusto's character is forlorn and sad, but, if I might add, if the last scene does not leave a lump in your throat you are a stronger man than I.


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