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Il Bidone (1955)

Il bidone (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | October 1962 (USA)
A trio of con-men lead by a lonesome swindler must deal with their job and family pressures.

Director:

Federico Fellini
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Broderick Crawford ... Augusto
Giulietta Masina ... Iris
Richard Basehart ... Raul detto Picasso
Franco Fabrizi ... Roberto
Sue Ellen Blake Sue Ellen Blake ... Anna
Irene Cefaro Irene Cefaro ... Marisa
Alberto De Amicis Alberto De Amicis ... Rinaldo
Lorella De Luca ... Patrizia
Giacomo Gabrielli Giacomo Gabrielli ... Il Baron Vargas
Riccardo Garrone ... Riccardo
Paul Grenter Paul Grenter
Emilio Manfredi Emilio Manfredi
Lucetta Muratori Lucetta Muratori
Mario Passante ... Conman
Sara Simoni Sara Simoni
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Storyline

Aging small-time con man Augusto, who swindles peasants, works with two younger men: Roberto, who wants to become the Italian Johnny Ray, and Bruno, nicknamed Picasso, who has a wife and daughter and wants to paint. Augusto avoids the personal entanglements, spending money at clubs seeking the good life. His attitude changes when he runs into his own daughter, whom he rarely sees, and realizes she's now a young woman and in need of his help to continue her studies. His usual partners are away, so he goes in with others to run a swindle, and they aren't forgiving when he claims he's given the money back to their mark. They leave him beaten, robbed, and alone. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

October 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il Bidone See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Lorella De Luca. See more »

Quotes

Rinaldo's wife: [Referring to Augusto] Do you know who this guy is?
Rinaldo: He is the biggest con man. He's worse than the flood.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD released by Image Entertainment in 2001 is 91 minutes. A 114-minute print of the film is circulating art houses and festivals (2003). See more »

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Referenced in Cinecittà: La casa di F. Fellini (2004) See more »

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Heartbreaking Story
30 April 2001 | by eibon09See all my reviews

Fellini picture that doesn't get the same amount of attention as his best films of 8 and a Half(1963), La Strada(1954), or La Dolce Vita(1960). One of the final Neo realism films the director did before turning his attention to films that were filled with colorful characterizations. Precusor to The Sting(1973) except this movie is not a comedy. About a conman who wants to reform after meeting his daughter for the first time in a long time. Broderick Crawford puts forth a sympathetic performance as the Veteren conman, Augusto. Its probably the best performance in the actor's long career. Il Bidone/The Swindle(1955) is the middle and least known film of the Loneliness trilogy which includes La Strada(1954) and Nights of Cabiria(1957). All three of these movies reveal that the characters are naive about life around them. Getting a little regconition from some people because of its release on Home Video for the first time. The final frame of the picture reminds me of a scene from Don't Torture a Duckling(1972).


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