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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.

Director:

Michael Cimino

Writers:

Mario Puzo (novel), Steve Shagan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lambert ... Salvatore Giuliano
Terence Stamp ... Prince Borsa
Joss Ackland ... Don Masino Croce
John Turturro ... Pisciotta
Richard Bauer Richard Bauer ... Hector Adonis
Barbara Sukowa ... Camilla, Duchess of Crotone
Giulia Boschi ... Giovanna Ferra
Ray McAnally ... Trezza
Barry Miller ... Dr. Nattore
Andreas Katsulas ... Passatempa
Michael Wincott ... Cpl. Silvestro Canio
Derrick Branche ... Terranova
Richard Venture 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.

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sicilian See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,720,351, 25 October 1987

Gross USA:

$5,406,879

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,406,879
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Gladden Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Director's Cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Cimino wanted Christopher Lambert for the lead role and David Begelman was concerned about a French actor starring in a movie about an Italian hero in an English-speaking movie. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Salvatore Giuliano: [as he draws circles in the dust with a stick] What about the people?
Abbot Manfredi: The people? They are the dust you draw your circles in. THOSE are the people! Sicilians are hopeless. I mean exactly that! Nothing changes here... EVER!
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Alternate Versions

Originally released at 115 minutes in the USA. A 146-minutes director's cut is available on video and at least in Europe as a region 2 DVD. See more »

Connections

Version of Salvatore Giuliano (1962) See more »

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Salvatore Giuliano, Folk Hero or Mobster?
7 November 2011 | by nzallblacks_12See all my reviews

For entertainment value, Cimino's 'The Sicilian' does not deliver in the Hollywood sense. That's good in my opinion.

It viewed some where between documentary and romantic fairy tale. Maybe to many, the latter choice would be more appropriate. I'd place Sicilian, Salvatore Giuliano or Lambert's portrayal smack in the middle. That's because even after doing much research I'm still not sure who the real character was. Probably, no one really knows for sure.

The plot moves along fine except for the opening flashback from Turturro's cell. Cimino should have axed the scene first cut. The inclusion of the American governess did not help the story line either. In fact, she, the actress gave an unconvincing and unflattering portrayal of Americans (the rich ones) living abroad. At times she swore like a trooper. Most of the film she sounded and looked like a hooker in communist garb, designer that is. I was so glad when she fell off the reel.

The rest of supporting cast was complementary. Giuliano's accomplices were good enough and just bad enough to add intrigue. Even the crotchety old professor was a good fit as interlocutor between Giuliano, his loyal band of unhappy bandits, the fickle mob and the stripe changing church.

The film's one weakness is the behind the scene's love affair between the Mafia Don and Giuliano. I found it confusing. Do competing mobsters profess such unrequited love? Perhaps they do in Sicily.

If you're looking for something in the genre of the non-stop murderous mobster films, then give this one a miss. However, if you are fascinated with Sicily and their mysterious culture, 'The Sicilian' will give you some good glimpses of the stunning mountain terrain, cosmopolitan Palermo and its people both big and small, good and bad.


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