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The Sicilian

The Sicilian (1987)

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Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 6

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Adapted from Mario Puzo's novel, The Sicilian is an attempt to chronicle the life and times of Mafia leader, patriot and real-life Robin Hood Salvatore Giuliano, the infamous bandit who, together with his rag-tag band of guerillas, attempted to liberate 1940s Sicily from Italian rule and make it an American state. Giuliano (Christopher Lambert) 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

Nov 20, 2001

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

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The film is a mess, though hardly on the panoramic scale of Heaven's Gate.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The actors aren't bad; they are simply miscast.

March 2, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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This, not Heaven's Gate, is Cimino's true self-indulgent boondoggle.

April 21, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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See? He's not JUST the Highlander!

November 9, 2005
MovieCrypt.com

Cimino's least satisfying film, but still an interesting failure.

September 21, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Any film that unites the writer of The Godfather and the Director of The Deer Hunter may sound tempting, but don't give in: this is a plodding and interminable film with a dreadful central performance.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Does have its moments, but has the feel of being cut from a much longer film.
June 16, 2008
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