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When young and attractive Lina Stroppiani, a thief like the rest of her family, tries to steal the taxi of Paolo, together with two accomplices, she can't possibly know that this will have far reaching consequences... Written by
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Paolo (Marcello Mastroianni), a Roman cab driver, picks up beautiful
Lina (Sophia Loren), who tries to steal his car. The complaint to her
father Signore Stropianni (Vittorio De Sica) is no use - he is the head
of a whole family of thieves. After Paolo realizes that involving
authorities into the criminal doings of the Stropiannis is for nothing,
he decides to fall in love with Lina.
It's a zippy, very funny and entertaining comedy with the young screen
couple Loren/Mastroianni and veteran De Sica, who really shines in
here. Lina is an attractive woman, desired by many men and is never at
loss of words. Paolo, a man of integrity and good will (at least it
seems like he is), is not as faithful as his rich passengers would have
assumed. Together they get deeply enmeshed with each others
The film was very successful in Italy and regarded as one of the
highlights of the Italian comedy series of the 50s. Mainly the rising
star of Sophia Loren (and Marcello Mastroianni), who shaped up well to
serious competition to sexbomb Gina Lollobrigida, contributed to the
success. And that made Hollywood keeping an eye for her talent (three
years later she starred in Kramer's "The Pride and the Passion" among
Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra).
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