Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)

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A motley quintet of inept small-time thieves attempt the burglary of a local pawnshop in this Italian farce.


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26 November 2010 | MartinHafer
7
| Sort of like a rebuttal to "Rififi".
"Rififi" was a wonderful heist film and spurred on similar films like "Bob le Flambeur" and "Grand Slam". All these films showed elaborate robberies that were carried out with perfect precision. The teams were professional and highly skilled in each. However, with the Italian film "Big Deal on Madonna Street", we have a film that appears a lot like these other films but turns out to be a comedy of errors--where NOTHING goes right.

The film begins with a guy getting caught for a petty crime and sent to jail. The problem is that he has a good plan for a robbery that will make him rich--and he and his gang of inepts cannot do the heist. So, they find an idiot who is willing to take credit for the crime that the boss is in jail for so that he can be released. Well, things DON'T work as they plan...and that's pretty much the way the entire film goes.

This comedy is pleasant and enjoyable. However, I did not love the film and didn't quite enjoy it as much as the average viewer. It isn't that I disliked the film...it's just that it never really made me laugh out loud very often. It was funny...but only mildly so. Decent acting, however, and I did enjoy watching everyone yell so much....and made me wonder if this is in any way true of Italians (I sure assume it's not)!

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