Burt Lancaster, gruff and manly, and Tony Curtis, delicately fey, star in Carol Reed's howlingly homoerotic tale of two leotard-clad acrobats in '50s Paris, vying for each other's respect, for the affections of Gina Lollobrigida, and for mastery of the triple somersault. "Teach me the triple!" says wide-eyed Curtis to Lancaster. "Are you crazy?!" splurts Lancaster, outraged.

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Burt Lancaster, gruff and manly, and Tony Curtis, delicately fey, star in Carol Reed’s howlingly homoerotic tale of two leotard-clad acrobats in ’50s Paris, vying for each other’s respect, for the affections of Gina Lollobrigida, and for mastery of the triple somersault. “Teach me the triple!” says wide-eyed Curtis to Lancaster. “Are you crazy?!” splurts Lancaster, outraged.