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28 February 1962 (Italy) See more »
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In 1950, 28-year-old outlaw Salvatore Giuliano is found gunned down in a Sicilian courtyard. Little is as it seems... See more » | Add synopsis »
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6 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Salvo Randone ... President of Viterbo Assize Court
Frank Wolff ... Gaspare Pisciotta
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sennuccio Benelli ... Reporter (uncredited)
Giuseppe Calandra ... Minor Official (uncredited)
Pietro Cammarata ... Salvatore Giuliano (uncredited)
Max Cartier ... Francesco (uncredited)
Nando Cicero ... Bandit (uncredited)
Giuseppe Teti ... Priest of Montelepre (uncredited)
Cosimo Torino ... Frank Mannino (uncredited)
Ugo Torrente ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Bruno Ukmar ... Spy (uncredited)
Frederico Zardi ... Pisciotta's Defense Counsel (uncredited)

Directed by
Francesco Rosi 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Suso Cecchi D'Amico 
Enzo Provenzale 
Francesco Rosi 
Franco Solinas 

Produced by
Franco Cristaldi .... producer
 
Original Music by
Piero Piccioni 
 
Cinematography by
Gianni Di Venanzo 
 
Film Editing by
Mario Serandrei 
 
Production Design by
Sergio Canevari 
Carlo Egidi 
 
Art Direction by
Sergio Canevari 
Carlo Egidi 
 
Costume Design by
Marilù Carteny 
 
Production Management
Luciano Cattania .... production supervisor
Aldo Pace .... production supervisor
Enzo Provenzale .... production manager
Bruno Sassaroli .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nando Cicero .... assistant director
Franco Indovina .... assistant director
Roberto Pariante .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Claudio Maielli .... sound (as Claudio Majelli)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pasqualino De Santis .... camera operator
 
Other crew
Lamberto Pippia .... production secretary
 
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Also Known As:
"Black Fog in Sicily" - Japan (English title) (literal title)
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Runtime:
123 min | Spain:120 min | Sweden:124 min | USA:125 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
One of the ten movies that was on Martin Scorsese's Sight and Sound 2012 Poll..See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: During the Portella della Ginestre sequence, a member of the Communist Party gives a speech. In reality the shooting in the massacre began before anyone had a chance to speak to deliberately stop the speech starting.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Baarìa (2009)See more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Who killed Salvatore Giuliano and why?, 6 December 2012
Author: msroz from United States

My rating is really 7.5 for this one.

I like this movie a great deal. I like the fantastic use of real locations and people in Sicily. I like the mystery of it: Who killed Giuliano? Why? What did he stand for? What sort of man was he? All our questions are not answered. I like the revelation of the politics involved in this, and especially how the common people are taken in and become pawns when they start to deal with politicians. I like that the movie brings out about Sicilian separatism. The cinematography is excellent.

The structure of the movie is something like Citizen Kane. It begins with the death of Giuliano and then we go backwards in time and forwards in time. We do not get, however, a detailed biography of Giuliano at all. He is never really seen fully. He is the nexus of all that happens around him and because of him, but the truth of his influence and doings is shrouded in mystery.

At first, Giuliano is something of a "good guy". There is a Sicilian faction that wants to separate from Italy, and it realizes that guns will be needed, and it turns to Giuliano for that. This faction seems to succeed, but when the central government of Italy keeps changing, agreements are reneged on. The government sends in soldiers (carabinieri). Giuliano fights them from the hills, and he now impresses innocent men into fighting, which is not the behavior of a good guy at all.

But that is not the critical political focus of the movie. That focus is the 1947 May Day killings at Portella della Ginestra. The left-wing socialists and communists had gotten a large position (29%) in the autonomous Sicilian region. It's possible that the right wing elements (Mafia, Qualunquist, Monarchist) might do a false flag operation that would unite people behind the center-right. It's possible that an offer of clemency to Giuliano and his close confederates for their deeds (including kidnappings) was made if they'd attack the peaceful May Day celebration. It's possible that the shootings were supposed to be in the air and not into bodies. What actually happened is unknown. The movie reflects this confusion. It becomes something like a "Rashamon" scenario where there are conflicting interpretations.

The case for center-right involvement is strengthened because there were two subsequent assassinations of key figures and intermediaries who had information. One was Giuliano's right-hand man. He was poisoned in prison. Another was a Mafia intermediary.

Giuliano himself was killed in 1950, and the story of who did that is also shrouded in mystery.

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