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Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)

I soliti ignoti (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime | 2 October 1958 (Italy)
A motley quintet of inept small-time thieves bungle the burglary of a local pawnshop in this Italian farce.

Director:

Mario Monicelli

Writers:

Agenore Incrocci (story) (as Age), Furio Scarpelli (story) (as Scarpelli) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vittorio Gassman ... Peppe il pantera
Renato Salvatori ... Mario Angeletti
Memmo Carotenuto Memmo Carotenuto ... Cosimo
Rossana Rory ... Norma
Carla Gravina Carla Gravina ... Nicoletta
Claudia Cardinale ... Carmelina
Carlo Pisacane ... Capannelle
Tiberio Murgia Tiberio Murgia ... Michele detto Ferribotte
Gina Rovere Gina Rovere ... Teresa - la moglie di Tiberio
Gina Amendola Gina Amendola ... Mario's 'Madre'
Elvira Tonelli Elvira Tonelli ... Assunta
Elena Fabrizi Elena Fabrizi ... Signora Ada (as Elisa Fabrizi)
Pasquale Misiano Pasquale Misiano ... Massimo
Renato Terra Renato Terra ... Eladio
Aldo Trifiletti Aldo Trifiletti ... Fernando - portinaio
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Storyline

Caught red-handed for a crime he swears he didn't commit, the hopeful criminal mastermind and--for now--small-time thief, Cosimo, entrusts the square-jawed boxer, Peppe, with the plan for a seemingly fail-proof pawnshop heist on the quiet Madonna Street. However, as the news of this lucrative job spreads like wildfire, instead, it's Cosimo's band of maladroit petty criminals--including a destitute photographer with fatherly obligations--who will take action for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But, will things work as planned? Written by Nick Riganas

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The Story of a Perfect Crime... Perfectly Hilarious!

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

2 October 1958 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Deal on Madonna Street See more »

Filming Locations:

Via Alesia, Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time" in 2006. See more »

Quotes

Tiberio: Stealing is a serious profession. You need serious people, not people like you. All you can do at your best is work.
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References The Indian Fighter (1955) See more »

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Sort of like a rebuttal to "Rififi".
26 November 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Rififi" was a wonderful heist film and spurred on similar films like "Bob le Flambeur" and "Grand Slam". All these films showed elaborate robberies that were carried out with perfect precision. The teams were professional and highly skilled in each. However, with the Italian film "Big Deal on Madonna Street", we have a film that appears a lot like these other films but turns out to be a comedy of errors--where NOTHING goes right.

The film begins with a guy getting caught for a petty crime and sent to jail. The problem is that he has a good plan for a robbery that will make him rich--and he and his gang of inepts cannot do the heist. So, they find an idiot who is willing to take credit for the crime that the boss is in jail for so that he can be released. Well, things DON'T work as they plan...and that's pretty much the way the entire film goes.

This comedy is pleasant and enjoyable. However, I did not love the film and didn't quite enjoy it as much as the average viewer. It isn't that I disliked the film...it's just that it never really made me laugh out loud very often. It was funny...but only mildly so. Decent acting, however, and I did enjoy watching everyone yell so much....and made me wonder if this is in any way true of Italians (I sure assume it's not)!


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