Plot & Details
This is a documentary-style Italian drama chronicling the rise and fall of the title character, a real-life Mob chieftain who rose to prominence in post-WWII Sicily. Salvatore Giuliano himself is almost unseen and his career is recalled in flashbacks after his assassination in 1950. With the help of his right-hand man and cousin Gaspare Pisciotta (Frank Wolff), Salvatore becomes a guerilla leader whose resistance to the corrupt politicians dominating his post-war nation leads to his popularity among the Sicilian peasant class. As time passes, though, Salvatore becomes more of a criminal than a rebel, threatening Mafia income. Even Salvatore's own devoted followers begin to doubt him, and when he orders the slaughter of communist supporters at a rally, a bloody shootout with police ensues. Salvatore Giuliano (1962) was such an effective anti-organized crime film that it inspired a real-life investigation into Mob activities in Sicily. The Giuliano story was later filmed as The Sicilian (1987) starring Christopher Lambert as the title character.
- MPAA Rating: Not Rated
- Genre(s): Crime and Mystery,Thriller
- Run Time: 125min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 12/02/2000
- DVD Release Date: 02/24/2004
- Distributor(s): Lux Productions
- Director(s): Francesco Rosi
- Starring: Salvo Randone , Frank Wolff , Federico Zardi , Pietro Cammarata
- Themes: Political Corruption,Rise and Fall Stories
- Tone: Austere,Earnest,Forceful,Matter-of-Fact,Gritty
- Keywords: Sicilian, guerrilla, Communism, assassination, betrayal, countryside, criminal, government, mob-boss, peasant, police
- Country of Origin: Italy (02-28-1962)
- Language: Italian