The Rogues (film)

The Rogues

Italian theatrical release poster by Enzo Sciotti
Directed by Mario Monicelli
Produced by Giovanni Di Clemente
Written by Leo Benvenuti
Suso Cecchi d'Amico
Piero De Bernardi
Mario Monicelli
Starring Giancarlo Giannini
Enrico Montesano
Vittorio Gassman
Nino Manfredi
Music by Lucio Dalla
Mauro Malavasi
Cinematography Tonino Nardi
Edited by Ruggero Mastroianni
Release dates
  • 1988 (1988)
Running time
120 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

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.[1]

The film was co-produced with Spain, where it was released as Los alegres pícaros.[2]


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.



  1. Leonardo De Franceschi. Lo sguardo eclettico. Marsilio, 2001.
  2. Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano. Gremese Editore, 1991.
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