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Bicycle Thieves

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Original title
Ladri di biciclette
Running time
93 min.
Italy Italy
Cesare Zavattini, Vittorio De Sica, Gherardo Gherardi, Suso Cecchi D'Amico, Oreste Biancoli, Adolfo Franci, Gerardo Guerrieri (Novel: Luigi Bartolini)
Alessandro Cicognini
Carlo Montuori (B&W)
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Produzioni De Sica (PDS)
Drama | Neorealism. Job/Employment
Synopsis / Plot
After nearly two years of unemployment, Antonio (Lamberto Maggiorani) finally finds work posting bills. But he needs a bicycle to do the job. Unfortunately, he was forced to pawn his own bicycle long ago, so Antonio has to exchange his family's linen for his bicycle. But when the bike is stolen on his first day of work, he must comb the streets of Rome in search of the bike: his family's only means to survival.
1949: Oscar: Honorary Award for Best Foreign Lang. Picture. Nom. for Screenplay
1949: Golden Globe: Best Foreign Language Picture
1949: BAFTA Awards: Best Film
1949: 6 Awards from Sindicato Nacional of Periodistas Italianos: Incl. Movie, Director
1949: 2 Awards National Board of Review: Best Movie, Director
1949: Film Critics Circle of New York: Best Foreign Language Picture
1949: Locarno Film Festival: Special Prize of the Jury
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