Bicycle Thieves

1948, Drama, 1h 30m

67 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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An Italian neorealism exemplar, Bicycle Thieves thrives on its non-flashy performances and searing emotion. Read critic reviews

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Unemployed Antonio Ricci (Lamberto Maggiorani) is elated when he finally finds work hanging posters around war-torn Rome. His wife, Maria (Lianella Carell), sells the family's bed linens to retrieve Antonio's bicycle from the pawnshop so he can take the job. However, disaster strikes when Antonio's bicycle is stolen, and his new job is doomed unless he can find the thief. With the help of his lively son, Bruno (Enzo Staiola), Antonio combs the city, growing increasingly desperate for justice.

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  • Oct 17, 2012
    Humorous, poignant and heartbreaking, this wonderful gem of Italian neorealism deserves every bit of its long-lasting reputation as a classic and unforgettable social statement, and it is always beautiful to see how it eschews any sentimentality and remains always honest in its emotions.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 04, 2012
    "The Bicycle Thief" has a message so universal, a story so engrossing and performances so likable that even those with fears of subtitles and black-and-white film making will find themselves enjoying it. To me, it isn't a masterpiece, but rather an interesting achievement. It's so constantly inventive and absorbing, giving us characters that we actually care about. The outcome is decidedly bleak, but it's honest as well, and in the end, that's really what makes "The Bicycle Thief" so special.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2012
    An individual story about the general disparity of post World War II Europe. Haunting, beautiful, and sad--but telling.
    Jeff L Super Reviewer
  • Jun 29, 2012
    Bicycle Thieves is a great neo-realistic Italian film. It's sad and you can't help but pity our protagonist. The performances were well played. And the acting of Bruno was some of the best I've seen from a kid.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer

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