I Soliti Ignoti

Film, Comedy
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A charming comedy, perhaps a little déjà vu after countless imitations and variations culminating in Louis Malle's distinctly iffy 1983 remake as Crackers. Countering the famous sequence in Rififi which observed in meticulous detail the perfect execution of a robbery, Monicelli offers a robbery equally meticulously planned (by a sad sack mix of desperate unemployed and washed-up pros) in which everything goes hilariously wrong. It may not sound much, but Monicelli's timing (giving the series of disasters an almost malevolent inevitability) is brilliant, the ensemble playing couldn't be bettered, and the deliberate cartoon-style stereotyping of the characters is neatly offset by a neo-realist emphasis on real locations in the dank slums of Rome.

By: TM

Release details

Duration: 105 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Mario Monicelli
Screenwriter: Scarpelli, Suso Cecchi D'Amico, Mario Monicelli, Age
Cast: Memmo Carotenuto
Vittorio Gassman
Marcello Mastroianni
Claudia Cardinale
Renato Salvatori
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