I Soliti Ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street) (The Usual Unidentified Thieves) (1960)

I Soliti Ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street) (The Usual Unidentified Thieves)

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Director Mario Monicelli delivers this deft satire of the classic caper film Rififi, introducing a bungling group of amateurs -- including an ex-jockey (Carlo Pisacane), a former boxer (Vittorio Gassman) and an out-of-work photographer (Marcello Mastroianni). The crew plans a seemingly simple heist with a retired burglar (Totˇ), who serves as a consultant. But this Italian job is doomed from the start.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Age, Suso Cecchi d'Amico, Mario Monicelli
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 26, 2001
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for I Soliti Ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street) (The Usual Unidentified Thieves)

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

One of the cases where the first of its kind got everything just about perfect, right out of the gate.

Full Review… | July 4, 2015
Antagony & Ecstasy

Monicelli's seminal Italian comedy, a spoof of heist movies with great performances by Gassman, Mastroianni, Toto, and Cardinale, had major impact on many American satires, past and present.

Full Review… | January 3, 2009
EmanuelLevy.Com

The only really outstanding element is Piero Umiliani's cool jazz score.

Full Review… | December 30, 2008
TheMovieReport.com

A devilish black comedy about an inept gang of thieves in Rome that turned out to be a big influence in spoof heist films.

Full Review… | September 11, 2008
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Audience Reviews for I Soliti Ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street) (The Usual Unidentified Thieves)

This was far from what I expected from reading the reviews. This Movie is from the Criterion Collection Spine Number 113. This movie made in 1958 in Black & White reminds me of movies made in the thirties. Yes a comedy but of little interest and very boring at times. A disappointment to me as most Criterion Collection Movies are pretty good. Still for time frame and reading the very fast English Subtitles I will push it to 4 Stars.

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Bruce Bruce

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Excellent caper movie all'italiana. Superb all-star cast, full of situations as absurd as hilarious, and the usual caustic view upon italian society and traditions.

pier007
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

½

"Big Deal on Madonna Street" is a light comedy about an elaborate but shaky scheme to rob a pawnshop safe. The plan is flawed from the start because the safe's contents aren't even known. None of these small-time crooks (including Marcello Mastrioanni) are as sharp as they ought to be, and blossoming romances threaten to distract two of them (when the spectacular Claudia Cardinale is involved, that's inevitable).

The film starts slow and its first half could be trimmed -- a long sequence about finding a stooge to serve a jail sentence really doesn't add much to the central story.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

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