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The Sicilian (1987)

Egocentric bandit Salvatore Giuliano fights the Church, the Mafia, and the landed gentry while leading a populist movement for Sicilian independence.

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Prince Borsa
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Don Masino Croce
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Pisciotta
Richard Bauer ...
Hector Adonis
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Camilla, Duchess of Crotone
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Giovanna Ferra
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Trezza
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Dr. Nattore
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Passatempa
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Derrick Branche ...
Terranova
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Cardinal of Palermo
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Quintana
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Silvio Ferra
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Giuliano robs from the rich conservative landowners to give to the poor, serf-like peasants, who in turn hail him as their savior. As his popularity grows, so does his ego, and he eventually thinks he is above the power of his backer, Mafia Don Masino Croce. The Don, in turn, sets out to kill the upstart by convincing his cousin and closest advisor Pissciota to assassinate him Written by Anonymous

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Only one man ever dared to stand alone.

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23 October 1987 (USA)  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,406,879 (USA)
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After location work was finished, Michael Cimino took the footage straight to his editing room to begin cutting. Cimino did not report any of his progress on the editing as the months passed until he delivered a 150-minute cut of the film and declared that he was done. Under his contract with the producers, Cimino had the right to final cut as long as the film was under 120 minutes long. Cimino insisted that no more cuts could be made and pressed David Begelman and Bruce McNall to present the current version to 20th Century Fox, the film's domestic distributor. Before viewing the film, the Fox executives said to the producers that the film was so long that it limited the number of showings a theater could present each day. It had to be trimmed or Fox wouldn't release it.

When Begelman and McNall relayed Fox's ruling to Cimino, he exploded. "I've been cutting for six months. There's nothing more to take out!" he shouted. The producers responded that there had to be a way to tell the story in 120 minutes. Cimino answered, "Fine! You want it shorter, you got it." A few days later, Cimino delivered a new version of the film in which all of the action scenes were cut out. "In the script a big wedding scene in the mountains is followed by an attack on the wedding party." wrote McNall. "In what we saw the wedding was followed by a scene at a hospital, where all the people in nice clothes were being treated for their wounds. He just cut out the battle." Begelman did not wait till the film ended to get on the phone and immediately called Cimino. Cimino said that his contract allowed him final cut in a 120-minute film and what he gave them qualified. See more »

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In the film Guiliano is seen smuggling grain to give to the starving. In reality he sold it on the black market. See more »

Quotes

Salvatore Giuliano: Have you ever had a bullet hit you?
Abbot Manfredi: I'm a Franciscan, not a Jesuit!
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bad epic
25 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

It's post-war Sicily. Salvatore Giuliano (Christopher Lambert) and his friend Pisciotta (John Turturro) steal grain for the poor. They are stopped by the police and Salvatore kills one of them. They steal two horses from land gentry Prince Borsa (Terence Stamp) during the escape. Salvatore catches the eye of Borsa's American wife Camilla (Barbara Sukowa). Salvatore takes on the conservative land owners, the church and the mafia to steal for the poor peasants. Mafia Don Masino Croce (Joss Ackland) is willing to use Salvatore at first until he becomes too powerful.

Director Michael Cimino has grand designs. Sometimes his visuals work and sometimes they don't. I admire the attempt. The story is a muddle. There is no flow. The center of the problem is his casting. I don't understand what he's trying to do. Christopher Lambert is more or less French American but he's playing a Sicilian. Barbara Sukowa is German and yet she's playing an American. At least, she gives off a sense of superiority. He is as stiff as a board. He has certain limits as an actor and this movie shows many of them. I find the first act memorable but the movie crumbles as it goes on.


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