The Sicilian (1987)

The Sicilian



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Movie Info

The story of Sicilian-bandit Salvator Giouliano provides the basis of this highly dramatized biopic that is based on a best-selling novel by Mario Puzo. During the 1940s, Giouliano was known for robbing from the Mafia, fighting against the Church and State, and for trying to help Sicily break free from Italy.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Mario Puzo, Steve Shagan, Gore Vidal, Michael Cimino
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 20, 2001



as Salvator Guiliano

as Don Masino Croce

as Prince Borsa

as Aspanu Pisciotta

as Camilla, Duchess of...

as Prof. Hector Adonis

as Giovanna Ferra

as Minister Trezza

as Dr. Nattore

as Passatempo

as Cpl. Silvestro Canio

as Terranova

as Cardinal of Palermo

as Quintana

as Silvio Ferra

as Cmdr. Roccofino

as Father Doldana

as Abbot Manfredi

as Don Siano of Bisacqu...

as University President

as Frisella, the Barbe...

as Mrs. Frisella

as Barracks Policeman

as Policeman in Wheatfi...

as Policeman in Wheatfi...

as Lieutnant
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Critic Reviews for The Sicilian

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (7)

The Sicilian represents a botched telling of the life of postwar outlaw leader Salvatore Giuliano.

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Top Critic

The dialogue is ponderously poetic, stilted and over-emphatic, characters are convenient cyphers, and both cutting and photography tend towards the bombastic. Folly, then, but gloriously inept and overblown.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film is a mess, though hardly on the panoramic scale of Heaven's Gate.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

If Cimino had gone along with the campy nosedive this movie takes, Sicilian could have been to mob films what Blazing Saddles was to westerns.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The Sicilian is unambiguously atrocious, but in that very special, howlingly grandiose manner that only a filmmaker with visions of epic greatness working on a large scale with a multinational cast can achieve.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

One of this film's big problems is that you can hardly see it. The foregrounds are dark and indistinct. The backgrounds are overlit and washed-out.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Sicilian

This could be a good mafia movie, but the actors and actuatios are so poor (except John Turturro) that makes this movie a crap.

Andre Tavares Simoni

Super Reviewer

Does have its moments, but has the feel of being cut from a much longer film.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer


i really like the message of the story. its certainly not up there with the godfather but definitly was a good movie to see. you have to be in the right mood for it

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