The Leopard

1963, History/Drama, 2h 45m

48 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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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
Ida Galli
Carolina
Enrico Medioli
Screenwriter
Pietro Notarianni
Executive Producer
Nino Rota
Original Music
Giuseppe Rotunno
Cinematographer
Mario Garbuglia
Production Design
Laudomia Hercolani
Set Decoration
Giorgio Pes
Set Decoration
Piero Tosi
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  • Jan 18, 2021
    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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