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The Sicilian (1987)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  23 October 1987 (USA)
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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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Cast

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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
Barry Miller ...
Dr. Nattore
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Passatempa
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Derrick Branche ...
Terranova
Richard Venture ...
Cardinal of Palermo
Ramon Bieri ...
Quintana
Stanko Molnar ...
Silvio Ferra
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Storyline

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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Action | Crime | Drama

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23 October 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El siciliano  »

Box Office

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$5,406,879 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The novel is a spin-off of The Godfather (set during Michael's exile in Sicily), however all references to the Corleones are omitted from the film. See more »

Goofs

When Don Masino goes to meet Giuliano the camera crew are clearly visible reflected in the open door of the car. See more »

Quotes

Prince Borsa: Why are you so eager for people to love you?
Salvatore Giuliano: Why are you so eager for them to hate you?
Prince Borsa: Hate me? They don't. They can't. I'm the prince. I'm like the south wind from Africa, I've always been here. You haven't.
Pisciotta: We don't get that ransom soon you won't be here much longer.
Prince Borsa: Then my son will be the prince, and the south wind goes on.
Pisciotta: I hate you people! What you've done to us.
Prince Borsa: You don't hate me. You hate not being me. But if you were born me, you would have never been you. So you can take my money, ...
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The complete European-release version is extraordinary
27 January 2001 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

The European-release version of "The Sicilian" is 31 minutes longer than the US version. Supposedly, the director was ordered to deliver a version under 2 hours, so he recut the film to render it incoherent with the expectation that Fox would have to release the complete film. Only, they went ahead and released the deliberately botched shorter cut. This may be apocryphal, but it would help explain the critical drubbing it got in this country. I was lucky enough to see the complete film in Paris and was mesmerized. Gore Vidal was denied credit for the screenplay, but the film has a literacy, intellectual depth and acidity that is pure Vidal; the character played by Terrance Stamp is essentially Vidal's stand-in. The only comparable film might be "The Godfather," but with an even stronger historic/political context. It is certainly the highpoint of Michael Cimino's career to date, and I'm one of those odd ducks that fervently admires "Heaven's Gate". If you can see this in Europe, or if it comes out over there on DVD and you have a region-appropriate DVD player, grab the opportunity to see it.


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