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Bicycle Thieves


Vittorio De Sica

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About the Movie

Hailed around the world as one of the greatest movies ever made, the Academy Award–winning Bicycle Thieves, directed by Vittorio De Sica, defined an era in cinema. In poverty-stricken postwar Rome, a man is on his first day of a new job that offers hope of salvation for his desperate family when his bicycle, which he needs for work, is stolen. With his young son in tow, he sets off to track down the thief. Simple in construction and profoundly rich in human insight, Bicycle Thieves embodies the greatest strengths of the Italian neorealist movement: emotional clarity, social rectitude, and brutal honesty.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 57
  • Fresh: 56
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 9.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Again the Italians have sent us a brilliant and devastating film in Vittorio De Sica's rueful drama of modern city life, The Bicycle Thief. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: The picture is a pure exercise in directorial virtuosity. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jan 14, 2013

Fresh: This film manages to appeal to the better angels of our nature in a way that only deepens as we grow older along with the film. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Simplicity is at the heart of The Bicycle Thief, as it is with so many films that endure. – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

My request to add Bicycle Thieves to iTunes was fulfilled!

I am very happy to have a beautiful film like Vittorio De Sica's 'Bicycle Thieves' available here. I am grateful to Criterion Collection for adding this masterpiece.

Is it ok to Steal A Loaf Of Bread...

Post WWII Italy, what it takes to turn an honest man into a thief, in just one day. It is considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, but I would not recomend it to the casual movie goer. This one is more for film buffs.

Remarkable film, but not a classic

The Bicycle Thief is a remarkable film. I would watch it again with the sound and subtitles off, just to fully appreciate the Director's use of light and shadows. Several scenes are slightly out of focus which only deepens ones appreciation for an age when film wasn't all ones and zeros. Nobody does it like this anymore!
The main character disdains the church, perhaps for its perceived hypocrisy, but then judges himself for the same thing. It's not a good selection if you like happy endings, although a knock-out performance by the young son leaves you with hope this family will persevere.

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1948

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