Set against the chaotic and complex background of post-World War II Italy, where there is rampant poverty and high unemployment rates, this powerful tale follows the struggles of Antonio Ricci, an unemployed man with a wife and two children to support.
Despite his best attempts, he has been unable to find work for two years. When he finally gets a good job of hanging posters, he is elated. However, this work comes with the condition that the employee must own a bicycle.
His wife Maria pawns their bed-sheets in order to get money to redeem his bicycle from the pawnbroker. Antonio triumphantly begins working, but to his utter despair the bicycle gets stolen. Will Antonio succeed in convincing the police to investigate into the theft? Can a mere bicycle become instrumental in deciding the fate of Antonio and his family? What will desperation and the fear of starvation incite Antonio to do, and what will the consequences be?
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Prospective producer David O. Selznick originally proposed casting Cary Grant as the lead. Vittorio De Sica countered with a request for Henry Fonda before deciding to cast all amateur actors. Read More