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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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Nicoletta
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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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Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time" in 2006. 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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Followed by Big Deal After 20 Years (1985) See more »

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absolute masterpiece!
27 June 2003 | by (Venezia, Italy) – See all my reviews

"I soliti ignoti" is probably the movie I know better and one of the most beautiful pictures in the whole history of cinema. Wonderful charachters, fantastic plot (from "Ne touchez pas le Grisbi"), stupendous soundtrack, amazing screenplay, perfect photography. And funny, funny, funny, but realistic in the Italy of post war poorness. Gasmann plays the role that change his career; before this movie, nobody would believe that he was a brilliant comedy actor 'cause he was know only for dramas. Some unforgettable charachters, like Pisacane's Capannelle or Tiberio, a sicilan charachter played by a Sardinian ex dishwasher in the movie of their life. And Toto', incredible amazing in the role of the professor of crook. Is it possible for mr. Clooney to do anything better then him???


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