WriterLeo Benvenuti, Suso Cecchi dAmico, Piero De Bernardi, Mario Monicelli Release date1988 (1988) Music directorLucio Dalla, Mauro Malavasi ScreenplayMario Monicelli, Piero De Bernardi, Suso Cecchi dAmico, Leonardo Benvenuti CastGiancarlo Giannini, Enrico Montesano, Vittorio Gassman, Giuliana de Sio, Bernard Blier, Nino Manfredi Similar moviesRelated Mario Monicelli movies
I picari, internationally released as The Rogues, is a 1987 Italian comedy film written and directed by Mario Monicelli. It is freely inspired by the Spanish novels Lazarillo de Tormes and Guzman de Alfarache.
The film was co-produced with Spain, where it was released as Los alegres pícaros.
The film is directed by Monicelli the last to be set in renaissance and medieval eras such as L'armata Brancaleone. The genus, as in other previous film, is constituted by a tilting of society and the environment of the ways to make the characters in which takes place the film, making the genus parodistic and goliardic.
In Spain of 1600, vagrants Lazarillo and Guzman meet in a boat where they are slaves. Both have had a difficult childhood and troubled because of their parents. The first was adopted by a prostitute and a blind wanderer (Nino Manfredi) who earn a living cheated and stole, sometimes even free of charge, while the second was even beaten and scourged. Escaped from the boat in which they were held captive, Lazarillo and Guzman calling in a strange place where they cheat a blacksmith and later travestitisi gentleman, are hosted by an impoverished nobleman (Vittorio Gassman). However, the two tramps, thinking he had made a fortune entering the service of the noble, they are shocked by the poor environment and the dire economic conditions in which he finds himself. Fled, Lazarillo and Guzman will become part of a theater company to scrape together some money and then buy a prostitute to amuse. Subsequently, however, Guzman and Lazarillo they encounter a gang of criminals who are attempting a difficult shot and eventually one of them killed a guard of the king, will be sentenced to death. Fortunately, the friend saves replacing it with another prisoner.