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The Sicilian (1987)

Egocentric bandit Salvatore Giuliano fights the Church, the Mafia, and the landed gentry while leading a populist movement for Sicilian independence.

Director:

Michael Cimino

Writers:

Mario Puzo (novel), Steve Shagan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lambert ... Salvatore Giuliano
Terence Stamp ... Prince Borsa
Joss Ackland ... Don Masino Croce
John Turturro ... Pisciotta
Richard Bauer Richard Bauer ... Hector Adonis
Barbara Sukowa ... Camilla, Duchess of Crotone
Giulia Boschi ... Giovanna Ferra
Ray McAnally ... Trezza
Barry Miller ... Dr. Nattore
Andreas Katsulas ... Passatempa
Michael Wincott ... Cpl. Silvestro Canio
Derrick Branche ... Terranova
Richard Venture Richard Venture ... Cardinal of Palermo
Ramon Bieri ... Quintana
Stanko Molnar ... Silvio Ferra
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Storyline

Giuliano 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. The Don, in turn, sets out to kill the upstart by convincing his cousin and closest advisor Pissciota to assassinate him Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Only one man ever dared to stand alone.

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Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Sizilianer See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,720,351, 25 October 1987, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,406,879
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Gladden Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Director's Cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Some dialogue from the film was used in a remix version of the song "Violet" by Seal 5:03. See more »

Goofs

When Don Masino goes to meet Giuliano the camera crew are clearly visible reflected in the open door of the car. See more »

Quotes

Hector Adonis: Dream of gold, my boy.
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Alternate Versions

Originally released at 115 minutes in the USA. A 146-minutes director's cut is available on video and at least in Europe as a region 2 DVD. See more »

Connections

Edited into Lo schermo a tre punte (1995) See more »

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The gifted Director is a brilliant post-modern architect of the film industry.
17 August 2000 | by iunicornSee all my reviews

Cimino is one of the very rare species on earth that can create a "MOOD' that leads to the very cradle of western civilization. The Roman Empire. As a foreigner who has lived in an Italian town for a year, I come to see that the colossal heart of every Italian man can only be captured with its gist by Cimino. And no other up till date. It comes from lighting, its shadow, its colours, its smell even on screen, its silhouettes, its accents, its breathing space, and his very own colossal heart that can contain it all. You do feel that he has achieved that sacred task in showing us THE SICILIAN. Nobody has that feeling ever been captured with rapture that its texture is almost noble, royal, yet sacred. But in its careful craftsmanship of Cimino, you find it everywhere, and it is just everywhere that overflows: its costumes, its lighting, its camerawork, its juxtaposition, its projections, so on and so forth. Its tempo of the film makes you flow like a river that breeds lives and cultures at the very same time.


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