- The Sicilian (film)
name = The Sicilian
image_size = 200px
caption = DVD cover
Michael Cimino Bruce McNall
Mario Puzo Gore Vidal
Christopher Lambert Terence Stamp Joss Ackland
20th Century Fox
October 23, 1987
runtime = 115 Mins
country = flagicon|USA
language = English
budget = $4 million
gross = $5,406,879
imdb_id = 0093966
Tagline: "Only one man ever tried to stand alone"
Patriot and real-life Robin Hood
Salvatore Giuliano, the infamous bandit who, together with his rag-tag band of guerrillas, attempted to liberate early 1950s Sicily from Italian rule and make it an American state. Giuliano robs from the rich conservative landowners to give to the poor, servant-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 adviser Gaspare to assassinate him.
Cimino sued the producers of the film in an attempt to prevent them from releasing an edited and shortened version of it to theatres, though the suit failed. [http://movies.nytimes.com/mem/movies/review.html?res=9B0DE6D91331F930A15753C1A961948260 Review] , Vincent Canby, The New York Times, October 23, 1987] An extended
director's cutwas later released on DVD (see "Alternate versions" below).
Critical reaction to the film was mixed to negative. It holds a rating of 13% on
Rotten Tomatoes, based on eight reviews [ [http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/sicilian/ Reviews] , Rotten Tomatoes] . Vincent Canbyof The New York Timessaid, "Cimino's fondness for amber lighting and great, sweeping camera movements are evident from time to time, but the film is mostly a garbled synopsisof the Puzo novel." Roger Ebertof the Chicago Sun-Timespraised Cimino's direction, but felt the film was "dark, gloomy, brooding, and completely confusing." [ [http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19871023/REVIEWS/710230303/1023 Review] , Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, October 23, 1987] Hal Hinson of the Washington Postfelt it was "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." [ [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/longterm/movies/videos/thesicilianrhinson_a0c92d.htm Review] , Hal Hinson, Washington Post, October 24, 1987]
Christopher Lambertas Salvatore Giuliano
Terence Stampas Prince Borsa
Joss Acklandas Don Masino Croce
John Turturroas Pisciotta
Barbara Sukowaas Camilla, Duchess of Crotone
The novel is a spin-off of "
The Godfather" (set during Michael's exile in Sicily), however, all references to the Corleones are omitted from the film due to copyright issues.
Originally released at 115 minutes in the USA. A 146-minute
director's cutis available on video and at least in Europe as a region 2 DVD.
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