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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)
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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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Additional Details

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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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Martin Scorsese credits this film as being one of his many inspirational sources for the look and style of his Taxi Driver (1976).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 »
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Referenced in Baarìa (2009)See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A Portrait Of Confusion, 19 March 2013
Author: Nick-leonardi from USA

Salvatore Giuliano is the film Francesco Rosi -one of Italy's most political directors- is most famous for. At its 1962 release, it was highly acclaimed by its country, but elsewhere it was a bit snubbed, possibly because it's a very Italian movie, that reflects a certain time in the country that was significant and shook a lot of Italians. The film shows Sicily's political and social situation from 1942 to 1960, when the region wanted to separate from the rest of Italy. The group of people that sustained this cause were called the separatists. The film circles around a famous bandit named Salvatore Giuliano, who was an essential part of the rebellious movement.

The movie has a non-linear narrative, as it jumps back and forth in time, keeping as a still point of reference the finding of Giuliano's body. The actual film's structure can be divided mainly in three segments: the first is where we see the action, the open field attacks between the police (carabinieri) and the rebels, and an overall greater focus on the life in the rudimentary town that finds itself in the middle of the action. The second part, the briefest one, is the trial in which the more political assumptions are revealed, and in which the character of Gaspare Pisciotta is introduced, the right-hand man of Giuliano. The third part finds Pisciotta as the protagonist, as he unfolds why and how Salvatore Giuliano died.

As you might have noticed, Giuliano is the explicit protagonist of the whole story, but paradoxically, he is almost never seen on screen, and mostly as a corpse when he is. This allows to focus on the big picture, rather than a specific person: points of view are always shifting, all of them keeping a cold objectiveness to the movie, never letting the audience get too familiar with any character seen on screen. Instead, it's a film about the complex and still not completely understood relationship between bandits, organized crime (Mafia) and the police force during those years.

Because he never lets the big picture slip through his fingers, Francesco Rosi proves to be able to capture the film perfectly, and to be able to keep a certain solidity to the film even with the non-linear narration. This solidity is due to the fact that between time changes, there's no significant cut in the film that allows us to understand that we're in a different time frame: that we must figure out ourselves. Aesthetically, Rosi composes his frames like a painter, even if he has the role of a teacher, more than one of the artist.

It's a difficult film, of challenging nature, and it is expected that only more passionate, tolerant viewers would watch Salvatore Giuliano all the way through. While it's not the masterpiece some Italian critics claim it to be, it still remains a significant film in the country's cinema history.

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