Big Deal on Madonna Street

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Overview

Mario Monicelli's comedy Big Deal on Madonna Street, starring the legendary Marcello Mastroianni, gets the DVD treatment it deserves from Criterion, the most reliable label in home video. The film is presented in a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The film has certainly never looked better on home video. The Italian soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono; English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials are limited to the original theatrical...
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Overview

Mario Monicelli's comedy Big Deal on Madonna Street, starring the legendary Marcello Mastroianni, gets the DVD treatment it deserves from Criterion, the most reliable label in home video. The film is presented in a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The film has certainly never looked better on home video. The Italian soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono; English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials are limited to the original theatrical trailer. This disc is worthwhile for any film lover.
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Special Features

New digital transfer; Original theatrical trailer; New English subtitle translation; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
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Editorial Reviews

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Like the similarly themed British film The Ladykillers, Mario Monicelli's caper comedy Big Deal on Madonna Street takes a hapless group of misfits on a heist during which everything that can go wrong does. The cast is led by such skilled performers as Vittorio Gassman as Peppe, Renato Salvatori as Mario, and Marcello Mastroianni as Tiberio, and backed by a terrific assortment of Italian character actors. Monicelli's laid-back approach ideally suits the story, as the would-be thieves are continually distracted and delayed in their quest for a seemingly easy-to-snatch safe. Despite being somewhat buffoonish, the leads are also very believable and likable; Monicelli is interested as much in the characters as he is in the story. Among the highlights are when Peppe tricks rival thief Cosimo into giving him the location of a safe; Mario's encounters with Carmela (played by a very young Claudia Cardinale); Cosimo's failed attempt to rob the pawn shop; and the final heist sequence, which is filled with inspired touches. The script gives each cast member a chance to shine, with Carlo Pisacane especially endearing as the old thief Capannelle, and Toto stealing several scenes as the "retired" safecracker who shows them the ropes. The cinematography and production design capture life in the slums of Italy (filmed on striking locations), and there is a whimsical, jazzy score by Piero Umiliani. The influence of Big Deal on Madonna Street can be seen in such films as Woody Allen's Small Time Crooks (2000), and to this day the film remains both charming and very funny.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2001
  • UPC: 037429155424
  • Original Release: 1958
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Mono / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: Italiano
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,541

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vittorio Gassman Peppe
Marcello Mastroianni Tiberio
Claudia Cardinale Carmelina
Renato Salvatori Mario
Rosanna Rory Norma
Carla Gravina Nicoletta
Carlo Pisacane Capannelle
Totò Dante
Memmo Carotenuto Cosimo
Tiberlo Murgia Ferribotte
Gina Rovere
Renato Terra
Technical Credits
Mario Monicelli Director, Screenwriter
Age Screenwriter
Franco Cristaldi Producer
Suso Cecchi D'Amico Screenwriter
Piero Gherardi Costumes/Costume Designer
Adriana Novelli Editor
Furio Scarpelli Screenwriter
Piero Umiliani Score Composer
Gianni Di Venanzo Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapters
1. Titles/attempted Robbery [:10]
2. One Month Later... [3:21]
3. Mario, Capannelle, Ferribotte [2:02]
4. Tiberio The Photojournalist [4:25]
5. Peppe The Boxer [2:53]
6. In The Slammer [1:47]
7. "the News Traveled Fast" [7:26]
8. Casing The Joint [3:55]
9. "this Ain't Hollywood" [5:10]
10. "so It Fell Upon Mario" [3:59]
11. "fu Cimin" [3:19]
12. "but Our Heroes Didn't Give Up" [4:10]
13. "now And Then" [5:30]
14. "fruit Of Betrayal" [4:07]
15. Carnevale [:05]
16. "but At The Same Time..." [1:16]
17. The Funeral [7:53]
18. "the Big Day" [1:25]
19. Keys [2:16]
20. Trust [1:59]
21. Coal Bin, Courtyard... [10:51]
22. ...window [3:50]
23. A Phone Call [5:34]
24. Pasta E Ceci [5:52]
25. Persons Unknown [3:25]
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Menu

Side #1
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Hilarious!

    I don't usually watch films that have subtitles but I watched this and I loved it. It is funny and smart. The performances are charming and clever. Watch this movie. You will love it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    clever and intelligent for happy hours

    how you can be dear, good and lovable "illegal"!!!!

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