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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)

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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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.
Mario Monicelli wanted to call its movie "Le Madame", and only in a second moment changed it into "I Soliti Ignoti" (Usual Unknowns). Le Madame is an Italian slang for Policemen.
"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.
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