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Two shoeshine boys in wartime Rome, Italy save money to buy a horse, but their involvement as dupes in a burglary puts them in juvenile jail, destroying their relationship.

Vittorio De Sica directed the 1946 Italian film Shoeshine (Sciuscià, after the Neapolitan pronunciation of the English). The picture, which is sometimes regarded as his first masterpiece, depicts two shoe shine guys who get into problems with the cops while attempting to acquire money to buy a horse.

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