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Cops and Robbers (1951)

Guardie e ladri (original title)
Esposito is a thief who cons tourists in Rome. A lengthy persecution by police Bottoni, who manages to catch it starts. In an oversight Esposito manages to flee again. Bottoni superiors inform him that if no catches him will lose his job.

Directors:

Mario Monicelli, Steno

Writers:

Piero Tellini (story), Vitaliano Brancati (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Aldo Fabrizi ... Lorenzo Bottoni
Totò ... Ferdinando Esposito
Ave Ninchi ... Giovanna Bottoni
William Tubbs William Tubbs ... Mr. Locuzzo, the Tourist (as William Thubbs)
Ernesto Almirante Ernesto Almirante ... Esposito's Father
Pina Piovani Pina Piovani ... Donata Esposito
Rossana Podestà ... Liliana Bottoni
Pietro Carloni Pietro Carloni ... The Police Commissioner
Mario Castellani Mario Castellani ... The Taxi Driver
Carlo Delle Piane ... Libero Esposito
Aldo Giuffrè ... Amilcare
Gino Leurini Gino Leurini ... Alfredo
Paolo Modugno Paolo Modugno ... Paolo Bottoni
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Storyline

Esposito is a thief who cons tourists in Rome. A lengthy persecution by police Bottoni, who manages to catch it starts. In an oversight Esposito manages to flee again. Bottoni superiors inform him that if no catches him will lose his job.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English | French

Release Date:

21 December 1951 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Gendarmes et voleurs See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Virtually all of the interactions between Totò and Aldo Fabrizi were improvised. More often than not, the directors would simply feed them the first line and let them be in charge of the scene. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Locuzzo, the Tourist: Police! Take back your phony coin, your phony coin! I'm going to get you if it takes the rest of my life!
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The best Italian comedy of ever
15 June 2006 | by f-papaSee all my reviews

Guards and Thiefs is probably the best Italian comedy of ever, played by two giants like Totò and Fabrizi. The plot is very simple, bitter and sweet. You must see that movie with the mind of the '50 in Italy, the poor Italy after the war. A small thief is captured by a police man. During the travel to the police station the thief escapes, putting the guard in trouble. He tried to capture him once again using the friendship between his daughter and thief's son. At the end the two families, without knowing anything about the real reason of that interest in the two fathers, become very close. The two families are well described and you pass continually from laughing to tears, especially at the end, when, with tears at his eyes, the policeman takes once again the thief to the prison. Have a good vision and enjoy it.


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