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Trapeze (1956)




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Former circus aerialist Burt Lancaster was the logical choice to star in the Technicolor drama Trapeze. Lancaster plays a crippled acrobat, disabled after attempting to perform a dangerous triple mid-air somersault. Tony Curtis co-stars as an aspiring aerialist who coerces Lancaster into teaching him the tricks of the trade. The friendship between Lancaster and Curtis is threatened by the arrival of beautiful, ambitious circus tumbler Gina Lollobridgida (it's a toss-up as to which of the three stars looks best in spangled tights). Surprisingly, Lancaster's former circus partner Nick Cravat is nowhere to be found in the film; we are, however, treated to the harmonica virtuosity of Johnny Puleo. Trapeze is highlighted by its truly breathtaking stunt sequences, performed by the cream of the European big-top circuit.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Max Catto, Liam O'Brien, James R. Webb
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 17, 2009
Hill-Hecht-Lancaster Productions

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Burt Lancaster
as Mike Ribble
Tony Curtis
as Tino Orsini
Thomas Gomez
as Bouglione
Johnny Puleo
as Max the Dwarf
Minor Watson
as John Ringling North
Sidney James
as Snake Charmer
Thomas Michel
as Ringmaster
Edward Hagopian
as Third Partner of Lol...
Edward Ward
as Minor Role (uncredit...
Michael Thomas
as Ringmaster
Sally Marlowe
as Minor Role (uncredit...
Fay Alexander
as Double for Tony Curt...
Willy Krause
as Minor Role (uncredit...
Emile Mylos
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Trapeze

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Enjoyable trash: Carol Reed's circus melodrama is one of his most commercially successful but artistically weakest film; there's more erotic tension between Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis than between either man and love interest Gina Lillobrigida.

Full Review… | July 19, 2009

Tacky circus thriller and overwrought love triangle melodrama.

Full Review… | April 25, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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January 30, 2004

Audience Reviews for Trapeze

Lancaster and Curtis team up in Paris to try and attempt the very difficult triple somersault on the trapeze AND Gina Lollobrigida. It's circus life menage á trois with a side order of melodrama. Interesting yet unengaging.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Lancaster was a great actor and the stunts he did himself were unbeleivable by todays hollywood actors. Great movie of love, life and swinging through the air on a rope...what more can you ask for.

Barry Lappin

Super Reviewer

Burt in the circus?!?!....I'm there.

Keith Munley

Super Reviewer

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