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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.


Pietro Germi


Federico Fellini (story), Tullio Pinelli (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Gina Lollobrigida ... Daniela
Renato Baldini ... Paolo Leandri
Cosetta Greco ... Lina Girosi - moglie di Luigi
Paul Muller ... Guido Marchi - il professore
Fausto Tozzi ... Luigi Girosi
Enzo Maggio Jr. Enzo Maggio Jr. ... Alberto Tosi
Tamara Lees Tamara Lees ... La donna del ritratto
Emma Baron ... La madre di Alberto
Patrizia Manca Patrizia Manca ... Sandrina Girosi - figlia di Lina e Luigi
Giuseppe Chinnici Giuseppe Chinnici ... Police Commissioner
Vincenzo Tocci Vincenzo Tocci ... Captain of the boat
Amedeo Trilli Amedeo Trilli ... Tram conductor
Ferdinando Lattanzi Ferdinando Lattanzi ... Il padre di Alberto


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


Crime | Drama


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In Germany, the credits also lists Wolfgang Krüger as the author of the dialogue, Hella Graf as the Dialogue Director, Hedi Rosetz as the Sound Editor, Max Galinsky and Fritz Klenke as the Sound Recordists. See more »


Referenced in Scorsese on Scorsese (2004) See more »

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Interesting & Effective Cinematic Realism
16 May 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee 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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Release Date:

3 September 1952 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Vicolo Moroni, Roma, Italy See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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