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Il Bidone (1955)

Il bidone (original title)
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
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Roberto
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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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October 1962 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Film debut of Lorella De Luca. 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: [Reerring contemptuously to his con-artist partners] LBook who I ended up with - wimps being supported by women!
man: It's common today.
Augusto: I was necer like that! I always had style. I went arond the world ripping everybody off. The world is full of idiots. I can sell ice to Eskimos. Now I work with these amateurs, but I'll be working again alone soon.
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References Black Tuesday (1954) See more »

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A forgotten classic
14 January 2001 | by (New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

I've seen LA STRADA a few times, but had never even heard of IL BIDONE. Spotted it among a batch of new DVDS at a friend's place, and gaped at it, amazed. Broderick Crawford (?!) in a Fellini? This I HAD to see! Took it home, popped it in...and was completely blown away. A great performance from Crawford, many indelible moments, and an emotionally shattering climax. In many ways I preferred it to LA STRADA -- felt it was less manipulative. Dug out the various movie guides, read some reviews, and learned it was part of Fellini's "Trilogy of Loneliness" -- LA STRADA, IL BIDONE & NIGHTS OF CABIRIA. So I sought out CABIRIA and enjoyed it immensely as well.


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