The Bicycle Thief

Synopsis: A tramp steals a bicycle and is chase by a PC and a crowd.
Genre: Comedy, Short

- I've been coming here

for two weeks now. - Ricci?

Is Ricci here?

- Ricci!

- Ricci!


Are you deaf or what? come on!

I'm a bricklayer.

Do I have to starve to death?

Sorry, there's really

nothing I can do.

Just be patient and we'll

try and get you all sorted out.

Let's see what we can do.

Oi, Ricci, you've got a job.

- A job?

- Bill poster.

You've got to report

to the bill-posting offices.

Give him this

and take your employment card along.

Anything for us?

The hell with it!

And us?

There are two turners' jobs,

but there are no turners here.

And if you're not a turner,

what do you do? Gather dust?

Don't take it out on me!

Hey, Ricci, remember your bike!

You have to have a bike.

A bike? I have and I haven't.

I can't get my hands on it right now.

Perhaps in a few days' time.

You need one straight away

or they won't take you on.

I can do it on foot

for the first few days.

If you haven't got a bike, you'll

have to let someone else take it.

- I've got a bike.

- So have I. -Me too!

But you're a bricklayer!

Change my category!

You can't! Now, have you got

a bike or haven't you?

I've got one, I've got one.

Remember if you haven't got a bike,

there's nothing doing, right?

Think I'm going to wait another two

years? I'll be there with a bike.

- Casati!

- Over here!

Two days' labouring work,

if you want it.


What is it?

- Am I unlucky, or what?

- What's up?

There's a job for me,

but I can't take it.

What did you say? I didn't hear.

Wait a minute, Antonio.

What did you say? You've got a job?

A good one, too. With the council!

Well, it's a start, Antonio.

What do you mean, start!

I need a bike, and right away.

If I don't go along straight away,

they'll give it to someone else.

- What shall I do?

- What do you expect?

- Morning, missus.

- Morning.

You shouldn't have pawned

your bike!

- And how were you supposed to eat?

- Shut up!

It's always the same! I might

as well go and jump in the river.

Get up, Antonio!

What are you doing?

You don't have to have

sheets to sleep, do you?

They're just sheets.

They're made of linen and cotton.

Quality stuff. Wedding presents.

They're used.

Four are used. Two are new.

- How many are there?

- Three doubles and three singles.

And three.

- Seven thousand lire.

- Seven thousand?

Can't you give us a bit more?

They're used.

Stick these in, too.

Seven thousand five hundred.


Ricci Maria. Valmelaina.

Flight H, number 1.

Number 1....

One, two, three, four,

five, six, seven.

One, two, three, four and five.

- Thanks.

- Bye.

It's a bike.

Six thousand, one hundred.


Interest. It's the 31st.

Here you are.

It's that Fides.

Near the red one.

I know, I know.

Excuse me,

is the job still free?

Hang on a second!

- Where's the head clerk?

- Over there.

Put it down! What's wrong?


- Put your bike down!

- Sorry.

I'm Antonio Ricci.

The Valmelaina unemployment office

sent me.

You can start tomorrow morning.

Go to the stores and get your stuff.

- Thanks! Bye.

- Good bye.

- Bye!

- Bye.

- Tomorrow at a quarter to seven!

- On the dot!

- How'd you get on?

- Fine. It's all arranged.

- What have you got there?

- A bit of work for you, too.

The cap needs taking in.

It's a bit too big.

come over here! Look.

Everyone's got their own locker.

See how big it is?

They used to give us shoes, too.

Not bad... the pay's good, too.

Six thousand a fortnight,

plus family allowance and overtime!

Can I drop by via della

Paglia a second?

- What for?

- To see a woman who works there.

- A woman?

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Cesare Zavattini

Cesare Zavattini (20 September 1902 – 13 October 1989) was an Italian screenwriter and one of the first theorists and proponents of the Neorealist movement in Italian cinema. more…

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