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Four Ways Out (1951)

La città si difende (original title)
Four criminals commit a robbery at a soccer stadium, and then split up to try to hide separately from the police.

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Cast overview:
... Daniela
... Paolo Leandri
Cosetta Greco ... Lina Girosi - moglie di Luigi
... Guido Marchi - il professore
... Luigi Girosi
Enzo Maggio Jr. ... Alberto Tosi
Tamara Lees ... La donna del ritratto
Emma Baron ... La madre di Alberto
Patrizia Manca ... Sandrina Girosi - figlia di Lina e Luigi
Giuseppe Chinnici
Vincenzo Tocci
Amedeo Trilli
Ferdinando Lattanzi ... Il padre di Alberto
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As a soccer match is in progress, a group of four criminals robs the stadium office. Before they can make their getaway, a chase begins, and they must split up before they can divide the money. The police have little to go on, since it appears that none of the robbers were experienced criminals. Meanwhile, the thieves have to arrange for dividing the money while trying to avoid being captured. Written by Snow Leopard

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The Sensational Venice Award Winner for the GREATEST ITALIAN FILM OF THE YEAR

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3 September 1952 (Japan)  »

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Italian censorship visa #10455 delivered on 23 August 1951. See more »

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Interesting & Effective Cinematic Realism
16 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

"Four Ways Out" is an English-dubbed version of an interesting Italian crime film with a different way of following the results of a big robbery. Instead of following the process by which the police try to track down the robbers, it instead concentrates on the ways that the crime affects the lives of the thieves and their families.

A gang of four inexperienced criminals steals the gate proceeds at a big soccer game, and then agrees to split up afterwards, each trying separately to evade the police. We then follow each of the robbers as their "four ways out" proceed to their ultimate conclusions. The story is helped by some nice cinematic touches and solid character acting.

Gina Lollobrigida is top-billed, but her part is really only one of several roles of equal size and importance. The Italian cast members all do a good job of letting us see into their characters' lives and minds.

There is also some solid direction, with several interesting concepts that bring the story alive. The opening sequence is well-done, cross-cutting between an exciting soccer game and the robbery going on inside the stadium. Then, a couple of the stories of the individual robbers and their experiences on the run have some nicely ironic turns. There is also a tense, emotional finale involving the youngest of the thieves.

"Four Ways Out" is interesting and effective, a good piece of cinematic realism recommended to anyone who likes drama and who would appreciate its very personal emphasis.


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