Bicycle Thieves (1948) – IMDb


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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1

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Trivia

Indian director Anurag Kashyap started his direction career after watching this film. He left University for a career in filmaking. See more »


Goofs

[All goofs for this title are spoilers.]
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Quotes

La Santona:
What have they stolen?

Antonio Ricci:
My bike.

La Santona:
What can I say? I can only tell you what I see. Listen: you’ll find it straight away or not at all. Understand? You’ll find it straight away or not at all. Keep your eyes open.

Antonio Ricci:
Where, straight away?

La Santona:
How should I know? Go and try to understand what I said. You’ll find it straight away or not at all.

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Connections

Featured in Next Week in Bologna (2016)

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