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

For his cast, Vittorio De Sica chose a factory fitter who had brought his son along for an audition as his male lead. His lead actress was a journalist who had approached him for an interview, while the young boy was filled by a child spotted in the crowd watching the filming. See more »


Goofs

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Quotes

Employment Officer:
Have you got a bike or haven’t you?

Antonio Ricci:
I’ve got one. I’ve got one.

Employment Officer:
Remember if you haven’t got a bike, there’s nothing doing, right?

Antonio Ricci:
Think I’m going to wait another two years? I’ll be there with a bike.

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Connections

Featured in Man yan (2004)

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