Italian master Vittorio De Sica's The Bicycle Thief is a harrowing portrait of loss and deprivation in post-war Rome, reflecting a stark era of desperation and survival. It is a time where owning a bicycle can mean the difference between having a job and providing for one's family or forever going hungry.

De Sica combined with long-time collaborator, writer Cesare Zavattini (Miracle in Milan, Umberto D), to produce a potent mix of real life detail, detective story and poetic melodrama as dedicated father Antonio Ricci (Lamberto Maggiorani) and his devoted son Bruno (Enzo Staiola) roam the streets of the capital in search of a stolen bicycle which signifies hope, optimism and will surely deliver them from the abject poverty they currently face.

Vividly shot on location in the streets of Rome using non-professional actors, bringing great prominence to the Italian neorealist film movement, The Bicycle Thief was awarded an honorary OscarĀ® for Best Foreign Film in 1950. Special features include the documentary 'That's Life' about Vittorio De Sica and exclusive to this Blu Ray release: 'Cesare Zavattini' - a feature-length documentary on screenwriter, novelist, critic and long time De Sica collaborator.

Extra Features

  • That's Life (54 mins) - a documentary about the life of Vittorio De Sica featuring a number of clips from his movies and personal life.Cesare Zavattini (56 mins) - afeature-length documentary on screenwriter, novelist, critic and longtime De Sica collaborator.  Theatrical Trailer


  • Enzo Staiola
  • Lamberto Maggiorani


  • Vittorio De Sica
  • No. discs 1
  • Running time 89 min
  • Audio format Mono
  • Region 4 DVD / Region B Blu Ray
  • Format 1080P
  • Color Black & White
  • Language Italian
  • Catalogue No. DAVID3028
  • Aspect ratio 16:9
  • Subtitles English
  • PG

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