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Creator/MarcelloMastroianni appears as Tiberio, a photographer and who joins the caper because he's broke and needs cash. Creator/ClaudiaCardinale had one of her first big parts as Carmelina, sister to gang member Michele, who has a romance with another gang member.

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Creator/MarcelloMastroianni appears as Tiberio, a photographer and who joins the caper because he's broke and needs cash. Creator/ClaudiaCardinale had one of her first big parts as Carmelina, sister to gang member Michele, who has a romance with another gang member.member, Mario.



* TheBladeAlwaysLandsPointyEndIn: Averted for a gag when Peppe flings a knife at the door in irritation after Mario quits the gang. The knife bounces off and falls to the ground, and he shrugs.



* ChekhovsGun: Mario's habit of imitating Michele's voice when coming to see Michele's sister Carmelina. This leads to Carmelina mistaking her brother for Mario when Michele comes home, leading Michele to figure out his sister is dating Mario, and getting very angry.



* {{Safecracking}}: Dante the safecracker is recruited into the gang to open the safe once they get in. He demands 50,000 lira for his services.

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* {{Safecracking}}: Dante MySisterIsOffLimits: Michele flies into a violent rage when he finds out that Mario has been making time with Carmelina.
* PlethoraOfMistakes: The vacant apartment turns out to actually be occupied (although they find a way around that). One of
the safecracker is recruited gang plunges into a vat of sewage in the basement. Another nearly falls through the skylight. Campanelle's first attempt to drill through the thin stucco wall results in him hitting a water pipe. Then when they finally break down the wall they break down ''the wrong wall'', knocking a hole into the gang to open apartment's kitchen rather than the safe once adjoining pawn shop. Finally, having run out of time to rob the pawn shop, they get in. He demands 50,000 lira stop to have noodles for his services.breakfast in kitchen--and they manage to blow up the stove.



* StupidCrooks: They're all idiots, really. Cosimo gets arrested when he tries to steal a car and averts HassleFreeHotwire, setting off the car alarm instead.

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* StupidCrooks: They're all idiots, really. Cosimo gets arrested when he tries to steal a car and averts HassleFreeHotwire, setting off the car alarm instead. As they're attempting the heist they spill all their tools because they forgot to lock the suitcase. They utterly bungle the heist (see PlethoraOfMistakes above).
--> '''Tiberio''' (''to Peppe''): Stop thinking. That's the best thing you can do for yourself.
* TitleDrop: In Italian, at the very end via a newspaper headline. "I SOLITI IGNOTI: Col sistema del buco rubano pasta e ceci." ("Persons unknown bore hole to steal pasta and beans.")
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Peppe manages to get the keys to the apartment from Nicoletta, the gorgeous maid. But he's fallen in love with her and he can't bring himself to implicate her, so he doesn't tell the others he has the keys, forcing them to make a difficult, time-consuming break-in.


* CurtainCamouflage: Carmelina hides Pepe behind a curtain when her brother and the man he's picked to marry her show up.

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* CurtainCamouflage: Carmelina hides Pepe Peppe behind a curtain when her brother and the man he's picked to marry her show up.up.
* FollowThatCar: Parodied when Cosimo, who has just gotten out of prison, follows Peppe to the amusement park and does this with ''bumper cars''.



* StupidCrooks: They're all idiots, really. Cosimo gets arrested when he tries to steal a car and averts HassleFreeHotwire, setting the car alarm instead.

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* StupidCrooks: They're all idiots, really. Cosimo gets arrested when he tries to steal a car and averts HassleFreeHotwire, setting off the car alarm instead.


* {{Safecracking}}: Dante, recruited into the gang to open the safe once they get in, who demands 50,000 lira for his services.

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* {{Safecracking}}: Dante, Dante the safecracker is recruited into the gang to open the safe once they get in, who in. He demands 50,000 lira for his services.


* TheSafecracker: Dante, recruited into the gang to open the safe once they get in, who demands 50,000 lira for his services.

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* TheSafecracker: {{Safecracking}}: Dante, recruited into the gang to open the safe once they get in, who demands 50,000 lira for his services.

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* TheSafecracker: Dante, recruited into the gang to open the safe once they get in, who demands 50,000 lira for his services.


* TheCaper: A plot to rob the safe in a pawn shop. But it's a comedy, played for laughs, unlike deadly serious takes on The Caper from this ear ''like Film/{{Rififi}}''.

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* TheCaper: A plot to rob the safe in a pawn shop. But it's a comedy, played for laughs, unlike deadly serious takes on The Caper from this ear ''like Film/{{Rififi}}''.era like ''Film/{{Rififi}}''.


* CurtainConcealment: Carmelina hides Pepe behind a curtain when her brother and the man he's picked to marry her show up.

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* CurtainConcealment: CurtainCamouflage: Carmelina hides Pepe behind a curtain when her brother and the man he's picked to marry her show up.

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''Big Deal on Madonna Street'' (I soliti ignoti) is a 1958 comedy from UsefulNotes/{{Italy}} directed by Creator/MarioMonicelli.

It's a heist movie about a bunch of small-time crooks and hoodlums who plan a caper where they will rob a pawn shop. The idea is that they will enter the neighboring building via the coal chute, sneak into the basement, make their way from the basement into a courtyard, climb up to and over a roof, and then enter the pawn shop via a vacant apartment.

Unfortunately, the gang is a bunch of idiots, and nothing works out.

Creator/MarcelloMastroianni appears as Tiberio, a photographer and who joins the caper because he's broke and needs cash. Creator/ClaudiaCardinale had one of her first big parts as Carmelina, sister to gang member Michele, who has a romance with another gang member.

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* AndStarring: Mastroianni gets a "with" credit at the end, and the guy who plays Dante, a very famous Italian comedian who went simply by "Toto", gets the exotic credit "and special participation".
* TheCaper: A plot to rob the safe in a pawn shop. But it's a comedy, played for laughs, unlike deadly serious takes on The Caper from this ear ''like Film/{{Rififi}}''.
* ConversationCut: Peppe explaining the plan to the others in the attic of an apartment building cuts smoothly to Peppe on the scene explaining the plan as the gang cases the neighborhood.
* CurtainConcealment: Carmelina hides Pepe behind a curtain when her brother and the man he's picked to marry her show up.
* ShaggyDogStory: The last shot about sums it up: a closeup of a newspaper article about an unknown person or persons who climbed in the window of an apartment, broke down a wall and ate some pasta.
* StupidCrooks: They're all idiots, really. Cosimo gets arrested when he tries to steal a car and averts HassleFreeHotwire, setting the car alarm instead.

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