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The Passionate Thief (1960)

Risate di gioia (original title)
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Tortorella tries to spend New Year's Eve with her wealthy friends, but ends up with an actor in decay and a pickpocket.


Mario Monicelli


Suso Cecchi D'Amico (story and screenplay), Agenore Incrocci (story and screenplay) (as Age) | 3 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Magnani ... Gioia 'Tortorella' Fabbricotti
Totò ... Umberto 'Infortunio' Pennazzuto
Ben Gazzara ... Lello
Fred Clark ... L'americano
Edy Vessel ... La ragazza
Gina Rovere Gina Rovere ... Mimì
Toni Ucci ... L'amico di Milena
Kurt Polter Kurt Polter
Mac Ronay Mac Ronay ... Il guidatore della metropolitana
Alberto De Amicis Alberto De Amicis
Gianni Bonagura Gianni Bonagura
Rik Van Nutter ... (as Rik Von Nutter)
Dori Dorika Dori Dorika ... Milena (as Dory Dorika)
Peppino De Martino Peppino De Martino
Marcella Rovena


On New Year's Eve, an insecure, struggling actress (Anna Magnani) has nothing to do. When a colleague invites her to a New Year's party, she jumps at the opportunity. Accidentally she runs into an old acting acquaintance (Toto), who is helping a professional pickpocket (Ben Gazzara) steal from people during the hustle-bustle of New Year's Eve festivities. During the course of the evening, they have numerous crazy, humorous adventures all over Rome at different parties, restaurants, and even the Trevi fountain. Magnani's character (Tortorella) falls for Gazzara's character (Lello) without knowing what he's up to, while Toto tries to placate them both. Written by Miriam Kramer

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The people and passions will steal your heart away!


Comedy | Drama


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The three thieves try to steal jewelry in a rich mansion with a lot of guests on the 31st December. They are found with the objects in the purse and sent away, thanks to the benevolence of the ambassador. Then they go to a church, but the are posters with "Mese di Giugno" (month of June) on the walls. See more »


L'americano: The fisherman.
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Written by Francesco Saverio Mangieri
Performed by Anna Magnani and Totò
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Amazing Comedy
14 August 2004 | by francescocuraSee all my reviews

This film is probably the best showcase of the comedic capacities of acting genius Anna Magnani. Here she's paired up with Italian actor Toto', who's considered the most representative Italian comedian of all times. The chemistry between the two is the source of a splendid chain of events that allow the two actors to explore a multitude of highs and lows...almost like in a carnival. Monicelli's intricate story line is a rarity in the world of comedies. Intelligent, entertaining and hilarious, the film contains the only example (on camera) of what Anna Magnani and Toto' would do in Rome during the 1930's: "Avanspettacolo". The two sing on a small stage at one of Rome's fashionable parties: all done with immense presence and class; the result is a magnificent theatrical moment between improvisation and highly refined performing skills. Definitely a must for those who love quality comedies.

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Release Date:

13 October 1960 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Passionate Thief See more »

Filming Locations:

Via Marsala, Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,677, 7 December 2014

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1.85 : 1
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