GenreDrama, Romance ProducerJames Hill LanguageEnglish
WriterMax Catto, Liam OBrien, Ben Hecht, Wolf Mankowitz Release dateMay 30, 1956 (1956-05-30) CastBurt Lancaster (Mike Ribble), Tony Curtis (Tino Orsini), Gina Lollobrigida (Lola), Katy Jurado (Rosa), Thomas Gomez (Bouglione), Johnny Puleo (Max (dwarf) (as John Puleo)) Similar moviesDumbo, Freaks, Big Fish, Alexander, Oz: The Great and Powerful, The Walk
TaglineHigh...High...High...Above Them All! - in excitement! - in spectacle! - in fire, flesh and fury!
Trapeze 1956 burt lancaster tony curtis gina lollobrigida
Trapeze is a 1956 circus film directed by Carol Reed and starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis and Gina Lollobrigida, making her debut in American films. The film is based on Max Catto's novel The Killing Frost, with the adapted screenplay written by Liam O'Brien.
The film did well at the box office, returning $7.5 million in North American rentals and placing in the top three among the year's top earners.
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Crippled trapeze aerialist and former star Mike Ribble (Burt Lancaster) sees great promise in young, brash Tino Orsini (Tony Curtis). Ribble—only the sixth man to have completed the dangerous triple somersault—thinks his protégé is capable of matching the same feat, but only if he gives him rigorous training. However, Orsini is distracted by the new third member of their circus act, the manipulative Lola (Gina Lollobrigida). Tensions rise as a love triangle forms.
Burt Lancaster as Mike Ribble
Tony Curtis as Tino Orsini
Gina Lollobrigida as Lola
Katy Jurado as Rosa
Thomas Gomez as Bouglione
Johnny Puleo as Max
Minor Watson as John Ringling North
Gérard Landry as Chikki
Jean-Pierre Kérien as Otto
Sid James as Snake Charmer
Gamil Ratib as Stefan
Lancaster, a former circus acrobat, performed many of his own stunts, though the most dangerous (including the climactic triple somersault) were done by technical consultant Eddie Ward from the Ringling Brothers Circus.
Trapeze was filmed entirely in Paris, including at the Cirque d'Hiver, and at the nearby Billancourt studios.
Bosley Crowther panned the film in his review for The New York Times. He wrote that the story was "dismally obvious and monotonous", the direction no better, and the dialogue "dull and hackneyed". He also criticized the leads in the film, writing that Lollobrigida had only her looks to show, and that Curtis and Lancaster were both uninteresting. The film was the fourth most popular movie at the British box office in 1956.
Burt Lancaster won the Silver Bear for Best Actor award at the 6th Berlin International Film Festival. Reed was nominated for best director by the Directors Guild of America.
An unreleased remake was made in 2000. Filmed in Belarus, it featured Mark Pillow (Nuclear Man in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace).