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Sunday, 22 November 2015

I soliti ignoti / Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)

Directed by Mario Monicelli
Starred Vittorio Gassman, Marcelo Mastroianni, Renato Salvatori, Memmo Carotenuto, Rosanna Rory, Carla Gravina, Claudia Cardinale, Toto ...
1958, Italy, Italian

 
A group of small-time thieves attempts to make a burglary of a local pawnshop in this black & white Italian caper movie. 'I soliti ignoti' is generally seen as parody of a very influential big heist movie of the time  and one of the heist classics of all time; 'Rififi' (Du rififi chez les hommes - 1956. Also available in this blog).

It is a small caper about small-time thieves who live in a poor neighborhood. It is often funny, sympa and didn't bore me for a moment. However, since it is a comedy, one might find it hilarious, while another might find it boring.

There are two great, legendary Italian actors in the cast; Vittorio Gassman and Marcelo Mastroianni. Generally positive reactions both from the critics and the audience. A modest reputation in its genre.  A Silver Seashell in San Sebastian International Film Festival and a nomination for Best Foreign Language movie in Oscars (which is the only one in the blog so far). Being voted as one of the 'The 50 Greatest Comedies of All Time' by Premiere. Being the inspiration of a Broadway Musical (Big Deal). I believe, you have enough reasons to give a shot, especially since you are in a robbery & heist movies blog. I absolutely didn't regret.
 

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If you look for;

a World Cinema classic
a funny caper movie from Italy
a heist with legendary movie actors
an award-winner heist
a Best Foreign Movie Oscar nominee heist

 then this is your movie.

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If you liked this movie, I believe you might like also:
(available in the blog)

The Ladykillers (1955)
Quick Change (1990)
Rififi / Du rififi chez les hommes (1955)
Pink Panther (1963)
Bob le Flambeur (1956)

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Degree: Caper Movie
Sub-Category: Burglary
Excellence of Robbery Plan: 1/5
Originality of Robbery Plan: 1/5
Quality of Robbery Action Scenes: 2/5
Actors' Performances: 3/5
Excitement Level: 1/5
Surprise Level: 2/5
Humor Level: 3/5
Originality of the Story in General: 2/5
Rating As A Robbery/Heist Movie: 2/5
Rating the Movie As A Whole: 2/5

Important Reminder: Below trailer might contain important spoilers.





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