Bicycle Thieves

Bicycle Thieves

Bicycle Thieves

Vittorio de Sica's 1948 masterpiece of the Italian neorealist movement, regularly listed amongst the greatest films ever made.

A man, hoping to support his desperate family with a new job, loses his bicycle - his means of transport required for work. The simple story follows the man and his wide-eyed son as they try to track down the bike on the streets of post-war, poverty-stricken Rome. 

Using untrained actors and shot in everyday settings, Bicycle Thieves (also known as The Bicycle Thief) has come to define the neoralist film movement and had a major influence on film. Martin Scorsese: "A film of powerful simplicity, and that's a rare quality in movies."

Honory Award for Best Foreign film at the Academy Awards 1950. Best Film at the BAFTA Awards 1950. Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes 1950.
1948Rating: PG87 minsItalyItalian with English subtitles
DramaWorld CinemaClassic
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Total Film

Total Film

press

The lasting soul of Thieves' pure cinema poverty-parable finally nestles in its deeply affecting father-son pairing in which seven-year-old Staiola dazzles as one of cinema's wonder-kids.

5.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

The Guardian

The Guardian

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This is poverty's authentic sting: banal and horrible loss of dignity. Bicycle Thieves is a brilliant, tactlessly real work of art.

5.0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The Bicycle Thief is so well-entrenched as an official masterpiece that it is a little startling to visit it again after many years and realize that it is still alive and has strength and freshness.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

One of the great, perfect crystalisations of a specific point in time into a particular film, this is one of the greatest cinematic experiences ever.

5.0
Total Film

Total Film

press

The lasting soul of Thieves' pure cinema poverty-parable finally nestles in its deeply affecting father-son pairing in which seven-year-old Staiola dazzles as one of cinema's wonder-kids.

5.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This is poverty's authentic sting: banal and horrible loss of dignity. Bicycle Thieves is a brilliant, tactlessly real work of art.

5.0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The Bicycle Thief is so well-entrenched as an official masterpiece that it is a little startling to visit it again after many years and realize that it is still alive and has strength and freshness.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

One of the great, perfect crystalisations of a specific point in time into a particular film, this is one of the greatest cinematic experiences ever.

5.0

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