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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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Taglines:

High...High...High...Above Them All! - in excitement! - in spectacle! - in fire, flesh and fury! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

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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Trivia

Although both are portrayed by actors, the characters of "Bouglione" and "John Ringling North" are both actual people referred to by their real names. See more »

Quotes

Bouglione: In my circus there is only one way... MY way.
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Connections

Referenced in The Bob Hope Show: Episode dated 21 October 1956 (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltz Op. 64 No. 1 in D flat major (Minute Waltz)
(uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Played when Lola is arguing with Bouglione
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Lancaster,Curtis and Lollobrigida fly high under the big top.
4 May 1999 | by RIO-15See all my reviews

Lancaster,Curtis and Lollobrigida as a trio of trapeze flyers.Young Curtis wants to learn the famous triple somersault from old vet Lancaster,who's crippled from a fatal fall.In comes Lollobrigida making trouble for the two flyers both on the ground and in the air.

One of the most enjoyable films about life under the big top.The trio of stars deliver sock performances worthy of their star status.Carol Reed's direction of the triple somersault is breathtakingly staged.Don't miss this one.


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