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Trapeze (1956)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 30 May 1956 (USA)
A crippled circus acrobat is torn emotionally between two ambitious young trapeze artists, one a talented young American and a less-gifted but beautiful Italian.

Director:

Carol Reed

Writers:

Max Catto (novel), Liam O'Brien (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Burt Lancaster ... Mike Ribble
Tony Curtis ... Tino Orsini
Gina Lollobrigida ... Lola
Katy Jurado ... Rosa O'Flynn
Thomas Gomez ... Bouglione
Johnny Puleo Johnny Puleo ... Max (as John Puleo)
Minor Watson ... John Ringling North
Gérard Landry Gérard Landry ... Chikki (as Gerard Landry)
Jean-Pierre Kérien Jean-Pierre Kérien ... Otto (as Jean-Pierre Kerien)
Sidney James ... Snake Charmer
Gimma Boys Gimma Boys ... Circus Family Children
Los Arriolas Los Arriolas ... Specialty Act
Gamil Ratib ... Stefan
Pierre Tabard Pierre Tabard ... Paul
Edward Hagopian Edward Hagopian ... 3rd partner of Lola
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Storyline

Mike Ribble was once a great trapeze artist - and the only the sixth to have completed a triple somersault - before his accident. Tino joins the circus, and manages to convince Mike to teach him the 'triple'. Meanwhile Lola, a tumbler, wants to get in on the act. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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The wonder show of the world! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

30 May 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trapez See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording) (optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Tony Curtis was borrowed from Universal-International for the production. See more »

Quotes

Mike Ribble: You'll never throw a triple! You know why? 'Cause ya' drink too much!
[grabs Tino's beer and drinks it]
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Connections

Referenced in Cheers: Peterson Crusoe (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2 in E flat major
(uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Played when Lola is trying to get Ribble to notice her
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Almost a great circus movie
24 April 2006 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Almost a great circus movie, (if such a thing could exist), "Trapeze" comes closer than most to capturing the tawdry excitement of the milieu. While most circus pictures are aimed at kids this is aimed, if not quite at adults, then at least at older kids. It's sexy and it makes the whole business of being a trapeze artist seem like the sexiest, most exciting thing in the world.

It's about the rivalry that can develop, both professionally and romantically, between artists and the director, Carol Reed, gives the film a charge that his more famous and infinitely more civilized films don't have. As the trio of artists who are almost consumed by their passions Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis and Gina Lolobrigida have an instinctive rapport. Lancaster and Curtis' performances here seem like a dry run for their work a year later in "Sweet Smell of Success" and Lolobrigida never looked or acted better. Although Lancaster wasn't young when he made this, he's like the biggest kid in the playground and seems to be having a hell of a time while Lolobrigida is a dynamic tease.


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