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Storyline

Ricci, an unemployed man in the depressed post-WWII economy of Italy, gets at last a good job – for which he needs a bike – hanging up posters. But soon his bicycle is stolen. He and his son walk the streets of Rome, looking for the bicycle. Ricci finally manages to locate the thief but with no proof, he has to abandon his cause. But he and his son know perfectly well that without a bike, Ricci won’t be able to keep his job.
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The Prize Picture They Want to Censor!




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Details

Release Date:

13 December 1949 (USA)

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Also Known As:

Bicycle Thieves

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Box Office

Budget:

$133,000
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Opening Weekend USA:

$25,377,
4 October 1998

Gross USA:

$371,111

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$428,978


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Technical Specs

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1

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Trivia

It took careful planning and rehearsing to give the film its realistic look. Crowd scenes were meticulously staged and drilled, including one for which Vittorio De Sica hired 40 street vendors. The Roman fire department provided a “surprise” rainstorm for another scene. In addition, De Sica shot with as many as six cameras at once to get the untrained actors’ spontaneous performances from several angles. Although the film looked like a documentary in places, the director’s painstaking methods drove him over budget. See more »


Goofs

[All goofs for this title are spoilers.]
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Quotes

Antonio Ricci:
You live and you suffer.

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Connections

Referenced in One Hundred and One Nights (1995)

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