The Sicilian
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 13%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Sicilian represents a botched telling of the life of postwar outlaw leader Salvatore Giuliano."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The actors aren't bad; they are simply miscast."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Cimino's least satisfying film, but still an interesting failure."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"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."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"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."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"This, not Heaven's Gate, is Cimino's true self-indulgent boondoggle."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Any film that unites the writer of The Godfather and the Director of The Deer Hunter may sound tempting, but don't give in: this is a plodding and interminable film with a dreadful central performance."
‑ , Film4
"The film is a mess, though hardly on the panoramic scale of Heaven's Gate."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"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."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"See? He's not JUST the Highlander!"
‑ Kevin A. Ranson,
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