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Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)

I soliti ignoti (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime | 2 October 1958 (Italy)
A motley quintet of inept small-time thieves bungle the burglary of a local pawnshop in this Italian farce.

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Fernando - portinaio
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Peppe, formerly a boxer, organizes the break-in of a pawnshop. Tiberio, an unemployed photographer, Mario, a receiver, the Sicilian Michele and Capannelle, an ex-jockey, are the other members of the gang. Though they are advised by Dante, a retired burglar, the task is not so easy... Written by Yepok

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Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time" in 2006. See more »

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Tiberio: Stealing is a serious profession. You need serious people, not people like you. All you can do at your best is work.
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Good start but too long
29 November 2016 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

I did really like the start of this movie. It was a bit fun in the start and moved fluently along. Problem for me is it took far too long time to get to what I was waiting for which means the big job. There was far too much personal life for the criminals that was not really interesting enough to carry along as long as it carried on. And then finally the job came up that for me was a disappointing experience.

All in all I think the actors did a good job with what they had to work with but it seemed like the director tried making a deep drama instead of a light comedy as in the start. The characters were simply not interesting or deep enough for that and not enough was really happening.

I felt the start of the movie was very well done.

The middle section getting ready for the job took far too long. Half an hour could easily have been cut of here.

Not enough time was spend on the job and here I had expected more time spent and more crazy situations and found it silly instead of funny what happened.

The end was actually quite fine and all in all a fitting end but at this time I was actually bored and happy the movie was over.

Only see this if you are into slow movies. There are much better and more fun caper movies out there both older and newer.


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