Il Bidone (The Swindle) (The Swindlers)
Il Bidone (The Swindle) (The Swindlers) (1955)

Fellini's wry study of three con men (Broderick Crawford, Richard Basehart, Franco Fabrizi) and their exploits. Giulietta Masina, Lorella De Luca, Giacomo Gabrelli. Originally titled "Il Bidone."

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 9, 1955
DVD Release Date: July 18, 2000
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

An obvious cheap-crime picture, very much on the sentimental side, and therefore thematically inferior to the two films it fell between. But it contains some very strong Fellini phases and accumulations of moods that make it well worth seeing.

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TV Guide

A very dark vision that isn't always pleasant to look at but is nonetheless fascinating.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The most obscure film of the highly visible Federico Fellini.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's an unforgettable treasure.

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Fernando F. Croce

The progression from comedy to tragedy signals Fellini's most religious work

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
This forgotten Fellini classic - which was initially a flop in Italy and also in the USA - is a poignant and heartbreaking character study that manages to make… More
Eric Broome
One of Fellini's least remembered films, "Il Bidone" is a wobbly tale about three con men who pursue some truly appalling schemes to bilk… More
Joey Nevarez
don't feel like writing about it.