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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 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

Certificate:

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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 »

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Cops and robbers,it's all the same.
5 September 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

I have always thought that Italian comedies were far superior to French ones.They all have a tragical side ,which eludes the French directors.

"Guardie e Ladri" is a long chase between a two-bit crook and a cop with a tender heart.The first scene when the lad pretends he is a guide and shows to the naive tourist Colombus's grave and Poppea's bathtub is sheer genius.If it were not enough ,the guide finds an "inestimable " coin,a sesterce from Augustus' time! The depiction of the two families,the cozy house of the cop where the girl plays the piano and the seedy small flat where the runaway packs into with his large family rings true.Actually Monicelli calls the establishment into question:unemployment,poverty,plenty of mouthes to feed ,can we really blame the thief?The last picture is revealing.


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