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The Passionate Thief (1960)

Risate di gioia (original title)
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On New Year's Eve, an insecure, struggling actress (Anna Magnani) has nothing to do. When a colleague invites her to a New Year's party, she jumps at the opportunity. Accidentally she runs ... See full summary »

Director:

Mario Monicelli

Writers:

Suso Cecchi D'Amico (story and screenplay), Agenore Incrocci (story and screenplay) (as Age) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Magnani ... Gioia 'Tortorella' Fabbricotti
Totò ... Umberto 'Infortunio' Pennazzuto
Ben Gazzara ... Lello
Fred Clark ... L'americano
Edy Vessel ... La ragazza
Gina Rovere Gina Rovere ... Mimì
Toni Ucci ... L'amico di Milena
Kurt Polter Kurt Polter
Mac Ronay Mac Ronay ... Il guidatore della metropolitana
Alberto De Amicis Alberto De Amicis
Gianni Bonagura Gianni Bonagura
Rik Van Nutter ... (as Rik Von Nutter)
Dori Dorika Dori Dorika ... Milena (as Dory Dorika)
Peppino De Martino Peppino De Martino
Marcella Rovena Marcella Rovena
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Storyline

On New Year's Eve, an insecure, struggling actress (Anna Magnani) has nothing to do. When a colleague invites her to a New Year's party, she jumps at the opportunity. Accidentally she runs into an old acting acquaintance (Toto), who is helping a professional pickpocket (Ben Gazzara) steal from people during the hustle-bustle of New Year's Eve festivities. During the course of the evening, they have numerous crazy, humorous adventures all over Rome at different parties, restaurants, and even the Trevi fountain. Magnani's character (Tortorella) falls for Gazzara's character (Lello) without knowing what he's up to, while Toto tries to placate them both. Written by Miriam Kramer

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Taglines:

The people and passions will steal your heart away!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

13 October 1960 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Joyful Laughter See more »

Filming Locations:

Via Marsala, Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,677, 7 December 2014

Gross USA:

$31,539

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,539
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Titanus See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The three thieves try to steal jewelry in a rich mansion with a lot of guests on the 31st December. They are found with the objects in the purse and sent away, thanks to the benevolence of the ambassador. Then they go to a church, but the are posters with "Mese di Giugno" (month of June) on the walls. See more »

Quotes

L'americano: The fisherman.
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Soundtracks

Una zebra a pois
Written by Lelio Luttazzi, Marcello Ciorciolini (as Corciolini) and Dino Verde (as Verde)
Performed by Mina
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Give me some of that old Roman misadventure
28 July 2006 | by yrodriguez-1See all my reviews

I saw this film 40 years ago as "The Passionate Thief" and it still makes me laugh when I think about it, which is often. Anna Magnani's appallingly delusional "blonde" actress is unforgettable as she, with her old standby Toto, blunder their way through this pathetic misadventure worthy of a New Year's Eve. Ben Gazzara's con man/thief is juicy and sexy enough to make any woman his accomplice, willing or accidental, and the tragic-comic tension between Ms. Magnani and the thief is pure comedy. This film really belongs in the category of Billy Wilder films and why it is not better known is beyond me. Given a choice, I would be hard pressed to decide whether The Passionate Thief or Die Fledermaus is my favorite New Year's party. I cannot recommend this film enough, especially to fans of Bunuel and Wilder.


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