I Soliti Ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street) (The Usual Unidentified Thieves)
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I Soliti Ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street) (The Usual Unidentified Thieves)
Director Mario Monicelli delivers this deft satire of the classic caper film Rififi, introducing a bungling group of amateurs -- including an ex-jockey (Carlo Pisacane), a former boxer (Vittorio Gassman) and an out-of-work photographer (Marcello Mastroianni). The crew plans a seemingly simple heist with a retired burglar (Totˇ), who serves as a consultant. But this Italian job is doomed from the start.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Monicelli's seminal Italian comedy, a spoof of heist movies with great performances by Gassman, Mastroianni, Toto, and Cardinale, had major impact on many American satires, past and present."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"...because the characters are so likable and their plan for breaking into the safe is genuinely interesting, it's easy enough to overlook the few dull spots."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The only really outstanding element is Piero Umiliani's cool jazz score."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"a non-too-subtle satire on ... the crime genre, with especially good pokes at Jules Dassin's heist masterpiece Rififi"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"A devilish black comedy about an inept gang of thieves in Rome that turned out to be a big influence in spoof heist films."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews