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The Passionate Thief (1960)
"Risate di gioia" (original title)

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On New Year's Eve, an insecure, struggling actress (Anna Magnani) has nothing to do. When a colleague invites her to a New Year's party, she jumps at the opportunity. Accidentally she runs ... See full summary »

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Gioia 'Tortorella' Fabbricotti
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Umberto 'Infortunio' Pennazzuto
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Lello
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L'americano
Edy Vessel ...
La ragazza
Gina Rovere ...
Mimì
Toni Ucci ...
L'amico di Milena
Kurt Polter
Mac Ronay ...
Il guidatore della metropolitana
Alberto De Amicis
Gianni Bonagura
Rik Van Nutter
Dori Dorika ...
Milena
Peppino De Martino
Marcella Rovena
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On New Year's Eve, an insecure, struggling actress (Anna Magnani) has nothing to do. When a colleague invites her to a New Year's party, she jumps at the opportunity. Accidentally she runs into an old acting acquaintance (Toto), who is helping a professional pickpocket (Ben Gazzara) steal from people during the hustle-bustle of New Year's Eve festivities. During the course of the evening, they have numerous crazy, humorous adventures all over Rome at different parties, restaurants, and even the Trevi fountain. Magnani's character (Tortorella) falls for Gazzara's character (Lello) without knowing what he's up to, while Toto tries to placate them both. Written by Miriam Kramer

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21 October 1960 (Italy)  »

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$8,677 (USA) (5 December 2014)

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$30,791 (USA) (24 April 2015)
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The three thieves try to steal jewelry in a rich mansion with a lot of guests on the 31st December. They are found with the objects in the purse and sent away, thanks to the benevolence of the ambassador. Then they go to a church, but the are posters with "Mese di Giugno" (month of June) on the walls. See more »

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L'americano: The fisherman.
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Una zebra a pois
Written by Lelio Luttazzi - Corciolini - Verde
Performed by Mina
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YOU WILL LAUGH UNTIL YOU CRY
11 March 2004 | by (Los Angeles, USA) – See all my reviews

The pleasures of this tragicomedy are constant and long lasting. Anna Magnani, after her Oscar, back at home with her old pal Toto. They even do a bit of one of their old music-hall routines. Mario Monicelli's sensational style makes the film as funny, sad today as it was then. Remember, Monicelli is the man behind that other Italian gem "Big Deal At Madonna Street" There is mix of Billy Wilder and Martin Scorsese and if you saw the film you know what I mean. Funny, bitter, funny. Anna Magnani plays a movie extra, with delusions of Kim Novak. Not to be missed!


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