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Big Deal on Madonna Street ()

I soliti ignoti (original title)
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A motley quintet of inept small-time thieves attempt the burglary of a local pawnshop in this Italian farce.

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Peppe il pantera
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Mario Angeletti
Memmo Carotenuto ...
Cosimo
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Norma
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Nicoletta
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Carmelina
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Capannelle
Tiberio Murgia ...
Michele detto Ferribotte
Gina Rovere ...
Teresa - la moglie di Tiberio
Gina Amendola ...
Mario's 'Madre'
Elvira Tonelli ...
Assunta
Elena Fabrizi ...
Signora Ada (as Elisa Fabrizi)
Pasquale Misiano ...
Massimo
Renato Terra ...
Eladio
Aldo Trifiletti ...
Fernando - portinaio
Nino Marchetti ...
Luigi
Mario De Simone ...
Il ricettatore
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Tiberio
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Dante Cruciani
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edith Bruck ...
Donna litigare sotto il lucernario (uncredited)
Franco Carli ...
(uncredited)
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Ispettore di polizia (uncredited)
Ida Masetti ...
Gabriella (uncredited)
Mario Meniconi ...
Paolo (uncredited)
Mimmo Poli ...
Prigioniero (uncredited)
Lisa Romey ...
Emilia (uncredited)
Amerigo Santarelli ...
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Roberto Spiombi ...
Piero (uncredited)

Directed by

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Mario Monicelli

Written by

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Agenore Incrocci ... (story) (as Age) &
Furio Scarpelli ... (story) (as Scarpelli)
 
Agenore Incrocci ... (screenplay) (as Age) &
Furio Scarpelli ... (screenplay) (as Scarpelli) &
Suso Cecchi D'Amico ... (screenplay) &
Mario Monicelli ... (screenplay)
 
Italo Calvino ... (short story "Furto in una pasticceria") (uncredited)

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Franco Cristaldi ... producer

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Piero Umiliani

Cinematography by

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Gianni Di Venanzo

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Adriana Novelli

Editorial Department

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Marisa Letti ... assistant editor (as Maria Luisa Letti)

Production Design by

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Piero Gherardi

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Vito Anzalone

Costume Design by

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Piero Gherardi

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Romolo de Martino ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Gino Millozza ... production supervisor
Nicolò Pomilia ... production manager

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Mario Maffei ... assistant director

Art Department

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Italo Tomassi ... manager of art department (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Oscar Di Santo ... sound technician
Luigi Puri ... sound technician

Camera and Electrical Department

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Erico Menczer ... camera operator

Music Department

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Piero Umiliani ... conductor

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Renato Jaboni ... production secretary
Silvana Mangini Colizzi ... script supervisor (as Silvana Mangini)
Vincenzo Taito ... administrator
Renato Cominetti ... voice dubbing: Tiberio Murgia (uncredited)
Andrea Costa ... voice dubbing: Renato Salvatori (uncredited)
Lucia Guzzardi ... voice dubbing: Claudia Cardinale (uncredited)
Nico Pepe ... voice dubbing: Carlo Pisacane (uncredited)
Monica Vitti ... voice dubbing: Rosanna Roy (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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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Taglines The Story of a Perfect Crime... Perfectly Hilarious! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Big Deal on Madonna Street (United States)
  • Big Deal on Madonna Street (World-wide, English title)
  • Pigeon (France, English title)
  • Persons Unknown (United Kingdom)
  • Le pigeon (France)
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  • 106 min
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Trivia Mario Monicelli wanted to call its movie "Le Madame", and only in a second moment changed it into "I Soliti Ignoti" (Usual Unknowns). Le Madame is an Italian slang for Policemen. See more »
Goofs The thieves should know enough to wear gloves to hide their fingerprints. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Lo schermo a tre punte (1995). See more »
Quotes Capannelle: Tell me, do you know a guy called Mario who lives around here?
Boy playing soccer: There are a thousand Marios around here.
Capannelle: Yes, but this one is a thief.
Boy playing soccer: There are still a thousand.
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