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Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)

I soliti ignoti (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime | 26 July 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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Norma
Carla Gravina ...
Nicoletta
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Carmelina
Carlo Pisacane ...
Tiberio Murgia ...
Gina Rovere ...
Teresa - la moglie di Tiberio
Gina Amendola ...
Mario's 'Madre'
Elvira Tonelli ...
Assunta
Elena Fabrizi ...
Signora Ada (as Elisa Fabrizi)
Pasquale Misiano ...
Massimo
Renato Terra ...
Eladio
Aldo Trifiletti ...
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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Big Deal on Madonna Street  »

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First of the nine Monicelli-Gassman collaborations. See more »

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Cosimo: [seeing other prisoners smoking in the prison yard] May your father and mother drop dead if you have a cigarette and aren't sharing.
[no one responds]
Cosimo: All orphans here, I see.
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Spoofs Rififi (1955) See more »

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very funny, occasionally imitated, but never equalled
4 October 2002 | by (Dobbs Ferry, NY) – See all my reviews

I suspect that it's hard to find this gem for rental purposes, which is a shame. A take-off on the classic French film noir, Rififi, it stands up wonderfully and deserves greater recognition. Monicelli is too little known as a director in the US, I think. Louis Malle attempted a remake of this some years back, to disastrous effect, and now there's a new attempt out, called "Welcome to Collinswood"; my hunch is that, while it might be better than the Malle version, it won't match the original. A group of bumbling small-time thieves plan and try to execute a heist, but nothing goes right. As the gang's leader, a punchy boxer with more attitude than ability, Vittorio Gassmann is wonderful, as is everyone else in the cast. Special notice should be given to the marvelous character comedian, Toto, and--in a small role, buried well down in the credits, the young Marcello Mastroianni. Also featured is another youngster, Claudia Cardinale. If you've seen Rififi, you'll find this comedy a particular joy. If you haven't, you'll like it, anyway. Why doesn't someone rerelease this?


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