Bicycle Thieves

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Bicycle Thieves (Italian: Ladri di biciclette) is a 1948 film about a man and his son who search for a stolen bicycle vital for his job. The film received an Academy Honorary Award in 1950 and, just four years after its release, was deemed the greatest film of all time by Sight & Sound magazine's poll of filmmakers and critics; fifty years later the same poll ranked it sixth among greatest-ever films.

Directed by Vittorio De Sica. Written by Vittorio De Sica, Cesare Zavattini, Suso Cecchi d'Amico, Gerardo Guerrieri, Oreste Biancoli, and Adolfo Franci, based on a novel by Luigi Bartolini.

Antonio Ricci[edit]

  • Why should I kill myself worrying when I'll end up just as dead?
  • There's a cure for everything except death.
  • You live and you suffer.
  • I've been cursed since the day I was born.
  • Your mother and her prayers can't help us.

La Santona[edit]

  • Either you will find it immediately or you will never find it.


  • The Beggar: I mind my own business, I bother nobody, and what do I get? Trouble.


La Santona: [Addressing a young man seated before her, apparently seeking advice on his love life] You must plant your seeds in another field. Do you understand what I mean?
Young man: No, I don't understand.
La Santona: It's simple, my boy. What good is planting seeds if the soil rejects them? You plant, but don't gather. Understand?
Young man: I haven't understood a word.
La Santona: [Becoming impatient] She doesn't love you! Forget her! [Pausing for effect] Dear boy, you're very ugly. Yes, ugly. There are so many other women... Go and plow another field!


  • Lamberto Maggiorani - Antonio Ricci
  • Enzo Staiola - Bruno Ricci, Antonio's son
  • Lianella Carell - Maria Ricci, Antonio's wife
  • Gino Saltamerenda - Baiocco, Antonio's friend who helps search
  • Ida Bracci Dorati - La Santona.
  • Vittorio Antonucci - Bicycle thief
  • Giulio Chiari - a Beggar
  • Elena Altieri - the Charitable Lady
  • Carlo Jachino - a Beggar

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