The Leopard ()

Il gattopardo (original title)
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The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of 1860's Sicily.

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Prince Don Fabrizio Salina
Angelica Sedara / Bertiana
Tancredi Falconeri
Paolo Stoppa ...
Don Calogero Sedara
Princess Maria Stella Salina
Father Pirrone
Count Cavriaghi (as Mario Girotti)
Francesco Paolo
Lucilla Morlacchi ...
Garibaldi's General
Carolina (as Ida Galli)
Carlo Valenzano ...
Brook Fuller ...
Little Prince
Anna Maria Bottini ...
Mademoiselle Dombreuil, the Governess
Lola Braccini ...
Donna Margherita
Tutor (as Marino Mase')
Howard Nelson Rubien ...
Don Diego (as Howard N. Rubien)
Tina Lattanzi
Marcella Rovena
Princess of Presicce
Valerio Ruggeri
Giovanni Melisenda ...
Don Onofrio Rotolo
Giancarlo Lolli ...
(as Carlo Lolli)
Franco Gulà
Giuseppe Stagnitti
Carmelo Artale
Olimpia Cavalli ...
Anna Maria Surdo
(as Alina Zalewska)
Winni Riva
Dante Posani
Rosolino Bua
Ivo Garrani ...
Colonel Pallavicino
Leslie French ...
Cavalier Chevally
Don Francisco Ciccio Tumeo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pippo Agusta ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Citizen (uncredited)
Party guest (uncredited)
Sandra Christolini ...
Youngest Daughter (uncredited)
Augusto Pescarini ...
Paola Piscini ...
Amalia Troiani ...

Directed by

Luchino Visconti

Written by

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa ... (novel)
Suso Cecchi D'Amico ... (screenplay and adaptation) &
Pasquale Festa Campanile ... (screenplay and adaptation) and
Enrico Medioli ... (screenplay and adaptation) &
Massimo Franciosa ... (screenplay and adaptation) and
Luchino Visconti ... (screenplay and adaptation)

Produced by

Goffredo Lombardo ... producer
Pietro Notarianni ... executive producer

Music by

Nino Rota

Cinematography by

Giuseppe Rotunno

Film Editing by

Mario Serandrei

Production Design by

Mario Garbuglia

Set Decoration by

Laudomia Hercolani
Giorgio Pes

Costume Design by

Piero Tosi

Makeup Department

Maria Angelini ... hair stylist
Alberto De Rossi ... makeup artist
Amalia Paoletti ... hair stylist
Giancarlo De Leonardis ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Robert J. Schiffer ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

Giorgio Adriani ... production manager
Gaetano Amata ... unit manager
Riccardo Caneva ... unit manager
Roberto Cocco ... unit manager
Enzo Provenzale ... production manager
Bruno Sassaroli ... unit manager
Gilberto Scarpellini ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Albino Cocco ... first assistant director
Brad Fuller ... second assistant director
Francesco Massaro ... second assistant director
Rinaldo Ricci ... first assistant director

Art Department

Emilio D'Andria ... assistant set decorator
Ferdinando Giovannoni ... assistant art director

Sound Department

Mario Messina ... sound engineer

Special Effects by

Dino Galiano ... special effects technician (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Enrico Cignitti ... camera operator
Nino Cristiani ... camera operator
Giuseppe Maccari ... camera operator
G.B. Poletto ... still photographer
Francesco Brescini ... electrician (uncredited)
Bob Penn ... still photographer: special magazine assignment (uncredited)
Piero Servo ... camera loader (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Bice Brichetto ... assistant costume designer
Alessandro Gasparinetti ... wardrobe consultant
Vera Marzot ... assistant costume designer

Music Department

Franco Ferrara ... conductor / musical director
Nino Rota ... music arranger (uncredited)

Other crew

Stephan Iscovescu ... script supervisor
Lamberto Pippia ... production secretary
Umberto Sambuco ... production secretary
René Barjavel ... dialogue: french version (uncredited)
Isa Bellini ... voice dubbing: Anna Maria Bottini (uncredited)
Lando Buzzanca ... voice dubbing: Serge Reggiani (uncredited)
Pino Colizzi ... voice dubbing: Pierre Clémenti (uncredited)
Solveyg D'Assunta ... voice dubbing: Claudia Cardinale (uncredited)
Franco Fabrizi ... voice dubbing: Terence Hill (uncredited)
Corrado Gaipa ... voice dubbing: Burt Lancaster (uncredited)
Lee Minoff ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Sydney Pollack ... dubbed version supervisor: USA (uncredited)
Carlo Sabatini ... voice dubbing: Alain Delon (uncredited)
Alberto Testa ... choreographer (uncredited)
Jacques Willemetz ... dubbing director: french version (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

In the 1860s, a dying aristocracy struggles to maintain itself against a harsh Sicilian landscape. The film traces with a slow and deliberate rhythm the waning of the noble home of Fabrizio Corbero, Prince of Salina (the Leopard) and the corresponding rise to eminence of the enormously wealthy ex-peasant Don Calogero Sedara. The prince himself refuses to take active steps to halt the decline of his personal fortunes or to help build a new Sicily but his nephew Tancredi, Prince of Falconeri swims with the tide and assures his own position by marrying Don Calogero's beautiful daughter Angelica. The climatic scene is the sumptuous forty-minute ball, where Tancredi introduces Angelica to society. Written by alfiehitchie

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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Le guépard (France)
  • The Leopard (Canada, English title)
  • The Leopard (World-wide, English title)
  • The Leopard (United States)
  • The Leopard (United Kingdom)
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  • 186 min
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Budget ITL2,900,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Director Luchino Visconti was disappointed that the producers of the film insisted on casting Burt Lancaster in the lead role, because he felt he was not right for the part. This caused tension between the two during the first few weeks of filming. Visconti's harsh treatment toward Lancaster eventually led to the actor publicly confronting him on the set. Visconti was so impressed with the passion and sincerity that Lancaster displayed during his tirade that the two developed a close and amicable relationship for the rest of the filming process. See more »
Goofs At the begging of the film, Prince of Salina uses de word "mafiosi" to describe Garibaldi's supporters. This word settled few years later, as a result of the popularity of the play "I mafiusi di la Vicaria" from 1863. The mafia organization as we know it, was just starting its activities as such during the post unification period. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Lo schermo a tre punte (1995). See more »
Soundtracks Titoli di Testa / Viaggio A Donnafugata See more »
Quotes Prince Don Fabrizio Salina: We were the leopards, the lions, those who take our place will be jackals and sheep, and the whole lot of us - leopards, lions, jackals and sheep - will continue to think ourselves the salt of the earth.
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