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Il Bidone (1955)

Il bidone (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | October 1962 (USA)
A trio of con-men lead by a lonesome swindler must deal with their job and family pressures.

Director:

Federico Fellini
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Broderick Crawford ... Augusto
Giulietta Masina ... Iris
Richard Basehart ... Raul detto Picasso
Franco Fabrizi ... Roberto
Sue Ellen Blake Sue Ellen Blake ... Anna
Irene Cefaro Irene Cefaro ... Marisa
Alberto De Amicis Alberto De Amicis ... Rinaldo
Lorella De Luca ... Patrizia
Giacomo Gabrielli Giacomo Gabrielli ... Il Baron Vargas
Riccardo Garrone ... Riccardo
Paul Grenter Paul Grenter
Emilio Manfredi Emilio Manfredi
Lucetta Muratori Lucetta Muratori
Mario Passante ... Conman
Sara Simoni Sara Simoni
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Storyline

Aging small-time con man Augusto, who swindles peasants, works with two younger men: Roberto, who wants to become the Italian Johnny Ray, and Bruno, nicknamed Picasso, who has a wife and daughter and wants to paint. Augusto avoids the personal entanglements, spending money at clubs seeking the good life. His attitude changes when he runs into his own daughter, whom he rarely sees, and realizes she's now a young woman and in need of his help to continue her studies. His usual partners are away, so he goes in with others to run a swindle, and they aren't forgiving when he claims he's given the money back to their mark. They leave him beaten, robbed, and alone. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

October 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il Bidone See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Nino Rota subsequently reused a fanfare from the musical score for this film in Fortunella (1958). See more »

Goofs

When Augusto and his daughter are sitting in the open-air café, the watch he is giving to his daughter jumps from his hand to on her wrist immediately. See more »

Quotes

Augusto: [Contemptuously and vehemently] If you're mother wasn't worse than you, she'd have strangled you at birth.
Roberto: Yes, but don't spit in my face.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD released by Image Entertainment in 2001 is 91 minutes. A 114-minute print of the film is circulating art houses and festivals (2003). See more »

Connections

Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: La monnaie de l'absolu (1999) See more »

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Hardly a feel good movie but well worth seeing
18 November 2008 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

What a sad film. Broderick Crawford heads a small band of con men but is getting too old and pathetic for the game. He is brilliant in the role and we barely sympathise with him once as he gradually fades away. The men are wretched to their women. There is a woman in the front car seat who gets thrust into the windscreen to accommodate a hoodlum getting or out behind her and another forced to strip by a bunch of guys at a party. The only moments where any sort of humanity show through is when Crawford decked out as a priest gets told the wonder of life by a young crippled girl he is about to ruin. I guess things must have been bad in Italy after the war and actions such as squeezing life savings out of peasants seemed fair game but it is wretched to watch grown men stoop so low. Great film making though and Fellini is so assured a prison sentence is dealt with by use of a fade. Hardly a feel good movie but well worth seeing.


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