The Sicilian
The Sicilian (1987)

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,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 23, 1987
DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
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Critic Score: 12% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

The Sicilian represents a botched telling of the life of postwar outlaw leader Salvatore Giuliano.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Cathy Burke
United Press International

Breathtakingly beautiful, but a mess.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

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.

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TV Guide

The actors aren't bad; they are simply miscast.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The film is a mess, though hardly on the panoramic scale of Heaven's Gate.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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.

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Rob Gonsalves

This, not Heaven's Gate, is Cimino's true self-indulgent boondoggle.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Andre Tavares Simoni
This could be a good mafia movie, but the actors and actuatios are so poor (except John Turturro) that makes this movie a crap.
Anthony Valletta
Does have its moments, but has the feel of being cut from a much longer film.

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