Big Deal on Madonna Street (I Soliti Ignoti)


Big Deal on Madonna Street (I Soliti Ignoti)

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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 (Totó), who serves as a consultant. But this Italian job is doomed from the start.


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  • May 22, 2018
    Although not so consistently funny throughout (in fact, there are quite a few moments that fall short on the humor scale), this charming yet overrated Italian comedy compensates for that with an excellent cast (especially Totò) and some effective scenes that are truly hilarious.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 21, 2011
    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.
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2011
    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.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2010
    Terrific Italian comedy, supposedly a parody of the French film Rififi, revolves around a group of small time criminals who decide to commit a big nighttime heist. They do their prep work, but anything that can go wrong, does go wrong. Very entertaining, and very funny at times. I was struck by how the characters and situations could easily fit into a contemporary film, only to discover that this film has been remade twice for American audiences. I only had two complaints: 1) The squandered opportunity with the main antagonist, the jailed criminal who sets the plot in motion (I can't provide details that aren't spoilery) 2) The criterion dvd has subtitles that occasionally literally flash onscreen and are gone, and I found myself having to rewind and pause several times to get all the dialogue. Do yourself a favor and watch Rififi and Big Deal on Madonna Street for a great double feature. Both are great films and really only share the plot device of a big heist, otherwise, they are very different but complimentary movies.
    Grifty G Super Reviewer

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