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Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958) was a Comedy - Crime Film directed by Mario Monicelli and produced by Franco Cristaldi.

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Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958): A Heist Comedy of Errors

By 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 27, 2021 From 4 Star Films

If you need only one scene to be indicative of everything Big Deal on Madonna Street exemplifies as a caper comedy, the opening scene puts it out on a platter, ready for consumption. A shrimpy man with a mustache waits on the street corner as a lookout while another named Cosimo (Memmo Carotenuto) b... Read full article


Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)

By Beatrice on Sep 28, 2016 From Flickers in Time

Big Deal on Madonna Street (I soliti ignolti) Directed by Mario Monicelli Written by Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli et al 1958/Italy Cinecitt?, Lux Film, Vides Cinematografica Repeat viewing/Netflix rental Some of Italy’s stars of the 1950’s get together for this spoof of the era&#... Read full article


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Tiberio: Stealing is a serious profession. You need serious people, not people like you. All you can do at your best is work.


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Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time" in 2006.
"Big Deal on Madonna Street" was the inspiration for the 1986 Broadway Musical "Big Deal" by Bob Fosse. Bob Fosse was inspired by other classic Italian films for his musical repertoire including Fellini's "Nights of Cabiria" and "8 1/2," the basis for "Sweet Charity" and "Nine" respectively.
At the beginning of the project, Producer Grimaldi didn't want Vittorio Gassman to play his role because he was considered too beautiful and elegant to act like a loser boxer. Gassman acted with very strong make up, included a fake nose, to fill Grimaldi's requests.
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