- Includes Theatrical Trailer
- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 29 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: July 22, 1998
- Originally Released: 1948
- Label: Image Entertainment
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers - Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Academy Awards 1949 -
Best Foreign Language Film
Entertainment Weekly - 04/26/1996
"...One of the most heart-rending films ever..." -- Rating: A
Los Angeles Times - 02/05/1999
"...Elegantly structured....Integral to its grace and mood are Carlo Montuori's superb, supple camera work and Alessandro Cicognini's mesmerizing score..."
Los Angeles Times - 10/04/1991
"...De Sica, following in the neo-realist style, used natural lighting throughout, giving THE BICYCLE THIEF an effective, documentary-like look that many other filmmakers tried to emulate..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 03/19/1999
"...It is still alive and has strength and freshness....It is a simple, powerful film..."
Premiere - 12/01/2003
"...It's a heartbreaker -- the crowning achievement of Italian neorealism..."
Sight and Sound - 05/01/2006
"De Sica portrays Antonio's quest to rediscover his bike with such urgency that the film takes on an epic quality."
Empire - 05/01/2010
5 stars out of 5 -- "Vittoria De Sica's 1948 masterpiece repays endless viewings. Lamberto Maggiorani is superb..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
A beautiful, simple story of a man in post-war Rome who needs his bicycle in order to work at his job. No sooner does he retrieve it from pawn, then it is stolen. The heartwrenching search teaches the man and his son much about the meaning of life and just how far we will go when pushed to the edge.
A beautiful, simple story of a man in post-war Rome who needs his bicycle in order to work at his job. No sooner does he retrieve it from pawn, then it is stolen. The heartwrenching search teaches the man and his son much about the meaning of life and just how far we will go when pushed to the edge. Winner of a special Academy Award.
Source: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Essential Cinema |
Tear Jerker |
- Shot on location in Rome, De Sica purposefully avoided the city's most striking monuments in order to make the story more universal.
- Unable to gain studio funding, De Sica produced the film himself, using the financial support of his friends for backing.
- Most Neorealist films used non-actors as a means of heightening the reality of the film. Lamberto Maggiroani, the film's lead, was a 39 year old steelworker who lost his real job after the film finished production.
- THE BICYCLE THIEF won awards from the British Film Academy and the New York Film Critics. It also received the grand prize at the Brussels Film Festival, and an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.