The Sicilian (1987)



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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 does his ego, and he eventually thinks he is above the power of his backer, Mafia Don Masino Croce (Joss Ackland). The Don, in turn, sets out to kill the upstart by convincing his cousin and closest advisor Gaspare (John Turturro) to assassinate him. Nearly thirty minutes of screen time were haphazardly hacked off director Michael Cimino's original cut by the studio.
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Christopher Lambert
as Salvator Guiliano
Joss Ackland
as Don Masino Croce
Terence Stamp
as Prince Borsa
John Turturro
as Aspanu Pisciotta
Richard Bauer
as Prof. Hector Adonis
Barbara Sukowa
as Camilla, Duchess of Crotone
Giulia Boschi
as Giovanna Ferra
Ray McAnally
as Minister Trezza
Barry Miller
as Dr. Nattore
Andreas Katsulas
as Passatempo
Michael Wincott
as Cpl. Silvestro Canio
Derrick Branche
as Terranova
Richard Venture
as Cardinal of Palermo
Ramon Bieri
as Quintana
Stanko Molnar
as Silvio Ferra
Oliver Cotton
as Cmdr. Roccofino
Joe Regalbuto
as Father Doldana
Tom Signorelli
as Abbot Manfredi
Aldo Ray
as Don Siano of Bisacquino
Nicholas Kepros
as University President
Trevor Ray
as Frisella, the Barber
Anita Laurenzi
as Mrs. Frisella
Tony Sperandeo
as Barracks Policeman
Leonardo Treviglio
as Policeman in Wheatfields
Franco Trevisi
as Policeman in Wheatfields
Danilo Mattei
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 21, 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 23, 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

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… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Sicilian

Just a mess of a movie that wanted to be the next Godfather and had the potential, but failed miserably.

Michael S.
Michael S.

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
Andre Tavares Simoni

Super Reviewer

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

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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