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Trapeze (1956)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  30 May 1956 (USA)
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A crippled circus acrobat is torn emotionally between two ambitious young trapeze artists, one a talented young American and a less-gifted but beautiful Italian.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Mike Ribble
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Tino Orsini
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Lola
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Rosa
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Bouglione
Johnny Puleo ...
Max (dwarf) (as John Puleo)
Minor Watson ...
John Ringling North
Gérard Landry ...
Chikki (as Gerard Landry)
Jean-Pierre Kérien ...
Otto (as Jean-Pierre Kerien)
Sidney James ...
Snake Charmer
Gimma Boys ...
Circus family children
Los Arriolas ...
Specialty Act
Gamil Ratib ...
Stefan
Pierre Tabard ...
Paul
Edward Hagopian ...
3rd partner of Lola
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Storyline

Mike Ribble was once a great trapeze artist - and the only to have completed a triple somersault - before his accident. Tino joins the circus, and manages to covince Mike to teach him the 'triple'. Meanwhile Lola, a tumbler, wants to get in on the act. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

30 May 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Trapez  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording) (optical prints)| (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Burt Lancaster performed all of the trapeze stunts himself, having worked in a circus before entering films. He insisted on doing the climactic triple somersault, but technical adviser Eddie Ward initially was hesitant on Lancaster performing the stunt, so Ward doubled for Lancaster during the first weeks of shooting, but Lancaster told director Carol Reed that he knew how to do the stunt, so it is Lancaster you see in the final cut of the film. See more »

Quotes

Mike Ribble: You'll never throw a triple! You know why? 'Cause ya' drink too much!
[grabs Tino's beer and drinks it]
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Connections

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Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Hummed by Tino in the shower
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Puzzling film for Reed to helm
3 September 2000 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Carol Reed has often been viewed as a great director of British films. This is the second film of his I've seen, after the (truly) classic "The Third Man". It is not what I'd have expected from Reed. The script lacks wit, surprise or innovation; it's tough to contemplate why Reed chose to make a film based on such a run-of-mill story. The saving grace tends to be the acting. Burt Lancaster fares best, offering charisma and some depth. Curtis is profficient as the overly naive pupil of Lancaster, while Gina Lollobrigida offers a steady portrayal and much radiance. The circus ambience is well created, and everything seems realistic. The trapeze act is breathtakingly filmed, it has to be said, and the colour is effective.

A minor effort from Carol Reed, that against all odds, is never boring. Rating:- *** (out of *****).


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