The Leopard

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Lavish and wistful, The Leopard features epic battles, sumptuous costumes, and a ballroom waltz that competes for most beautiful sequence committed to film.

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As Garibaldi's troops begin the unification of Italy in the 1860s, an aristocratic Sicilian family grudgingly adapts to the sweeping social changes undermining their way of life. Proud but pragmatic Prince Don Fabrizio Salina (Burt Lancaster) allows his war hero nephew, Tancredi (Alain Delon), to marry Angelica (Claudia Cardinale), the beautiful daughter of gauche, bourgeois Don Calogero, in order to maintain the family's accustomed level of comfort and political clout.

Cast & Crew

Burt Lancaster
Prince Don Fabrizio Salina
Claudia Cardinale
Angelica Sedara, Bertiana
Alain Delon
Tancredi Falconeri
Paolo Stoppa
Don Calogero Sedara
Rina Morelli
Princess Maria Stella Salina
Romolo Valli
Father Pirrone
Terence Hill
Count Cavriaghi
Pierre Clémenti
Francesco Paolo
Giuliano Gemma
Garibaldi's General
Suso Cecchi d'Amico
Writer (Screenplay and Adaptation)
Pasquale Festa Campanile
Writer (Screenplay and Adaptation)
Enrico Medioli
Writer (Screenplay and Adaptation)
Massimo Franciosa
Writer (Screenplay and Adaptation)
Luchino Visconti
Writer (Screenplay and Adaptation)
Pietro Notarianni
Executive Producer
Nino Rota
Original Music
Giuseppe Rotunno
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Critic Reviews for The Leopard

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (46) | Rotten (1)

  • The film aches with regret over a crumbling empire, but its feelings are complicated by the wise prince, who recognizes his place on the wrong side of history.

    December 11, 2013 | Full Review…
  • A magnificent film, munificently outfitted and splendidly acted by a large cast dominated by Burt Lancaster's standout stint in the title role.

    February 23, 2012 | Full Review…
  • The film is a long, rich sigh at the end of the day, one that only Don Fabrizio can hear.

    November 24, 2011 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • The Leopard is more than a tad too pleased by its own spots, but in this case the source material and its director's intentions were almost accidentally an appropriate match.

    December 30, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Two-plus hours of engrossing machinations and opulent scenery point the way to the pièce de résistance: a 45-minute gala scene that the Almighty himself would approve as a luxuriant prelude to the Rapture.

    December 22, 2010 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • The film is one of the most sumptuous ever made in Europe.

    September 1, 2010 | Rating: 5/5

Audience Reviews for The Leopard

  • 2d ago
    A lesser movie would have Corbera become a tragic figure simply because an ever changing world no longer finds him or his generation relevant but instead he's granted a kind of clarity about the harsh realities of revolutions (i.e. if society changes too quickly, it will simply stay the same or get worse) that isn't afforded to the other characters. This has the effect of robbing both the dying nobility, their brash, young replacements, and the revolutionaries of any sympathy which is an impressive feat on Visconti's part.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2020
    The costumes and locations are beyond exceptional. Add a fantastic cast headed by the ever-restrained Burt Lancaster and you've got a spectacular film.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 18, 2013
    Lancaster's unlikely appearance in this Italian film is memorable across the film's epic length.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2012
    Visconti remembers the good ole days (ala Gone With The Wind) of an stately affected upper class ruling the dirty lower classes with humble grace and dignity (only this story's set in Sicily, though at about at nearly the same time), and their fading demise ... whatever (I got no sympathy at all for sad rich folks mooning over the good ol'days, sorry). Sumptuously filmed and orchestrated, with loads of loving details and drenched in melancholy (like GWTW), its about the changing of the guard, and maybe that is sad. The cast is worthy if the subject isn't.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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