The hapless gang from I soliti ignoti returns, as wonderful as ever
After the box office success of I soliti ignoti, the sequel became inevitable. The team lost its director, Mario Monicelli (busy making La grande guerra, he is replaced by the young and talented Nanni Loy), as well as stars Marcello Mastroianni and Totò (but the wonderful Nino Manfredi arrives). Apart from that, the loveable group remains the same, and it is as wonderful as ever, from screenwriters Age & Scarpelli, to Gassman, Salvatori, Cardinale, Murgia, et al. Once again, all hands on deck as we affectionately watch their plans fall to pieces. The stakes have gotten higher: if in their first adventure the hapless band from Rome broke through a wall only to end up eating pasta and chickpeas, here they set off for Milan with the goal of getting their hands on a significant score. Their audacity, in predictable fashion, will give way to the unexpected, to naivety, fear and misfortune, as things go from bad to worse.
The I soliti ignoti gang, with some slight changes in personnel, attempt a big heist in Milan: to steal a suitcase of money from a Totocalcio football pools office. Unforeseen events cannot be accounted for, but the robbery unexpectedly goes off according to plan. However, that doesn’t mean our crooks will be able to share the loot between themselves.