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Trapeze (1956)




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In this drama, Burt Lancaster plays a crippled acrobat, disabled after attempting to perform a dangerous maneuver. Tony Curtis plays an aspiring aerialist who coerces Lancaster into teaching him the trade. The friendship between Lancaster and Curtis is threatened by the arrival of ambitious circus tumbler Gina Lollobridgida.

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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 Lola
Michael Thomas
as Ringmaster
Edward Ward
as Minor Role (uncredited)
Sally Marlowe
as Minor Role (uncredited)
Fay Alexander
as Double for Tony Curtis (uncredited)
Willy Krause
as Minor Role (uncredited)
Emile Mylos
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Trapeze

All Critics (5)

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
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January 30, 2004
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Boas atuações de Lancaster e Curtis (além de Lollobrigida, detestável em boa parte do filme) e ótimas cenas no trapézio. O final é um pouco decepcionante, mas, no geral, o filme prende e é bem realizado.

July 25, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for Trapeze

Pretty standard Hollywood fare improved by some great cinematography of the aerialists and a focus on the training and hard work that go into circus performing.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

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
Kevin M. Williams

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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
Barry Lappin

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