Big Deal on Madonna Street
Peppe, formerly a boxer, organizes the break-in of a pawnshop. Tiberio, an unemployed photographer, Mario, a receiver, the Sicilian Michele and Capannelle, an ex-jockey, are the other members of the gang. Though they are advised by Dante, a retired burglar, the task is not so easy...
Όλη την ώρα μου ερχόταν στο μυαλό το Amici miei και μόνο μετά το τέλος συνειδητοποίησα πως είναι και τα δύο δουλειά του Monicelli. Υπέροχος τύπος.
A comic take on Rififi and heist films, I probably would have enjoyed it more if, A) I'd been able to watch it all in one or two sittings, rather than the week or two it took to get through it due to things Beyond My Control, and 2) if TCM hadn't cut off the ending. Even so, the film was a deft and touching look at some bumbling crooks and their fledgling leader who wants to do everything "scientifically", even though he doesn't seem to really understand what that means.
The story opens with a minor criminal going to jail for simple attempted car theft for a couple of months, but he needs to get out for a Big…
Becoming a big fan of heist films, especially comical ones such as this. Flawed but very sympathetic characters, quick pace and expressive acting. Kept me very engaged even though I was ill when I watched it. I must say a young Claudia Cardinale and Marcello Mastroianni were quite easy on the eyes in their supporting roles.
I was expecting more but still a good and charming film with a lot of great actors.
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«Big Deal on Madonna Street» was the second movie on today's schedule. This turned out to be funnier than «Play Time», no other comparison made. The movie is about probably the world's stupidest, or at least most unfortunate, criminals. Their plan is to break into an office to rob a safe, but simply getting close to the safe turns out to be a near impossible task. This is Claudia Cardinales debut, she makes her scenes worth watching. Also we have Marcello Mastroianni as one of the culprits. Not the worst of movies if it wasn't for the fact that Italian directors, like their french counterparts, tend to stretch dialogue into eternity. Get to the point already! ;)