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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 attempt 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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vittorio Gassman ... Peppe il pantera
Renato Salvatori ... Mario Angeletti
Memmo Carotenuto ... Cosimo
Rossana Rory ... Norma
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!

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Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

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Trivia

First of the nine Monicelli-Gassman collaborations. See more »

Goofs

The thieves should know enough to wear gloves to hide their fingerprints. However, the main comedic beat of the movie is how the band is composed of incompetent thieves who are way over their heads, except for veteran Dante Cruciani who doesn't take part in the actual robbery. 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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Connections

Followed by Big Deal After 20 Years (1985) See more »

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The Break-in of the Century
29 March 2003 | by aeolianknightSee all my reviews

I had seen "I Soliti Ignoti" a long time ago and I can't say that I remembered it well. But thanks the the Criterion Collection I came across it on DVD and have to say that it's one of the funniest films that I have ever seen.

A bunch of amateurish bunglers believing themselves to be capable thieves attempt a break-in of hilarious proportions. Gassman shines as Peppe the improvised leader of the pack, as these "Usual Suspects" move from one mishap to another.

Miss. Cardinale adds some real eye candy, as usual.

SEE IT!!!!!!!


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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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1.37 : 1
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