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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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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

The script removed a homosexual twist from the novel: Orsini is executed for murdering a woman who left him for Ribble, but the real killer proves to be Ribble who wanted Orsini. 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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Oh the many unknown masterpieces most have yet to discover
4 March 2009 | by Gloede_The_SaintSee all my reviews

From the notorious "Third Man" director Carol Reed comes a noirish circus film set in the heights. A beautifully composed movie about ambitions, deceit, cruelty, love and perfection is what's brought to us here.

Burt Lancaster plays Mike Ribble, once the greatest Trapeze artist in the world is now a circus rigger after a accident that destroyed his leg, but now hope is brought to him. Tino Orsini (Tony Curtis) comes to him to learn the now vanished triple somersault. Mike soon understands that Tino is the only one who can bring this back to the world and they form an act together. Obviously it can't end there. The overly ambitious Lola (Gina Lollobrigida) sets out to make it big trying everything she can to get in their acts and when she makes it her ambitions only grows.

With unusual angles, rough style and a rather fresh story Reed creates gold her. The film brings along a lot of the noirish feel though it can't be put it that genre. The film is cold and warm altogether something which at least I always appreciates.

The plot turns are great and the characters aren't exactly your average blowup dolls. Great performances all around. And I must applaud for Lancasters understated yet incredibly moving performance. A fabulous film without a single dull moment! My rating is 10/10, it will get on my top 250 and it's the best film I have seen from 1956 this far (though Death is the Garden is very close)


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