Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Carol Reed|
|Produced by||James Hill|
|Written by||Max Catto (novel)
Liam O'Brien (adaptation)
James R. Webb (screenplay)
Ben Hecht (uncredited)
Wolf Mankowitz (uncredited)
|Music by||Malcolm Arnold|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Running time||105 minutes|
|Box office||$7.5 million (US & Canada rentals)|
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.
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) were done by technical consultant Eddie Ward from Ringling Brothers Circus.
The film was the fourth most popular movie at the British box office in 1956.
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- 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1956', Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957
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- BRITISH. FILMS MADE MOST MONEY: BOX-OFFICE SURVEY The Manchester Guardian (1901-1959) [Manchester (UK)] 28 Dec 1956: 3
- "6th Berlin International Film Festival: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2009-12-27.