Big Deal on Madonna Street (I Soliti Ignoti)
Big Deal on Madonna Street (I Soliti Ignoti) (1960)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 22, 1960
DVD Release Date: June 26, 2001
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of the cases where the first of its kind got everything just about perfect, right out of the gate.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A devilish black comedy about an inept gang of thieves in Rome that turned out to be a big influence in spoof heist films.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...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.

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Michael Dequina

The only really outstanding element is Piero Umiliani's cool jazz score.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a non-too-subtle satire on ... the crime genre, with especially good pokes at Jules Dassin's heist masterpiece Rififi

Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
This was far from what I expected from reading the reviews. This Movie is from the Criterion Collection Spine Number 113. This movie made in 1958 in Black &… More
Anthony Valletta
Hysterically funny take on heist films.
Pierluigi Puccini
Excellent caper movie all'italiana. Superb all-star cast, full of situations as absurd as hilarious, and the usual caustic view upon italian society and… More
Grifty G
Terrific Italian comedy, supposedly a parody of the French film Rififi, revolves around a group of small time criminals who decide to commit a big nighttime… More
Eric Broome
"Big Deal on Madonna Street" is a light comedy about an elaborate but shaky scheme to rob a pawnshop safe. The plan is flawed from the start because… More