Big Deal on Madonna Street

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"The Story of a Perfect Crime ... Perfectly Hilarious!"
  • NR
  • 1958
  • 1 hr 46 min
  • 7.9  (11,569)

Big Deal on Madonna Street is a 1958 Italian heist comedy film directed by Mario Monicelli. The movie stars Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, Renato Salvatori, and Claudia Cardinale in the lead roles. The movie is a classic in Italian cinema and is widely regarded as one of the best films of its time. It tells a story about a group of amateur thieves who plan to rob a pawnshop in Rome's historical district.

The plot revolves around a group of small-time thieves consisting of Tiberio, Ferribotte, Cosimo, and Mario, who are in desperate need of money. They come up with a plan to rob a pawnshop in the center of Rome, but their inexperience in theft and the lack of adequate resources lead to one humorous disaster after another. The group's plan becomes further complicated by the arrival of a safecracker, Peppe, who wants to join them to take a cut of the profits. The group reluctantly accepts him, and it soon becomes clear that his professional expertise will be vital as they attempt to break into the heavily secured pawnshop.

The plan eventually evolves to include additional members, and the scheme grows larger in scope. The thieves research and meticulously plan their operation, only to be repeatedly undone by comedic mishaps and accidents. Their amateurish behavior creates numerous obstacles and setbacks, leading the team to ridiculous moments of panic and confusion.

What makes this movie stand out from other heist films is its unique blend of comedy and crime. The comedy elements are expertly interwoven into the plot, and the witty dialogues and situations provide a hilarious relief to the tension of the heist planning. The movie's humor chiefly arises from the thieves' attempts to turn their misfortune into opportunity and their efforts to deal with each other's quirks and idiosyncrasies.

The film's cinematography is notable as well. The director uses exterior shots of Rome to present a cinematic postcard of the city with its historical and architectural marvels. The viewer will also find the use of gritty and dimly lit distilleries and warehouses to shoot some of the dramatic scenes effective. Scenes are shot in tight angles to focus on the actors, highlighting their expressions and emotions.

The movie is also remembered for its first-rate ensemble cast. The lead actors of the movie, Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, and Renato Salvatori, established their careers with their performances in this film. Each actor embodies their character's personality, and their chemistry is outstanding.

Overall, Big deal on Madonna Street is a classic movie that has withstood the test of time. Its witty humor, stunning cinematography, and brilliant acting provides the viewers with a light-hearted movie that has plenty of twists and turns. It's a must-watch for anyone who loves a good comedy or heist movie.

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    7.9  (11,569)