Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Sicilian (1987)

Director: Michael Cimino

Starring: Christopher Lambert, Terence Stamp, Joss Ackland, John Turturro, Richard Bauer, Barbara Sukowa, Giulia Boschi, Ray McAnally

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Only one man ever dared to stand alone.

Plot: 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.

My rating: 3/10

Will I watch it again? No. And this was the extended, preferred cut that runs about two and a half hours.  The acting is bland and stilted and Lambert is the worst offender.  He's so dull and lifeless.  I didn't care about his character at all which makes for a long and trying two and a half hours.  The picture is well shot.  I'll give Cimino that much.  You get a sense that he was going for an epic mafia story, as if this were to be his THE GODFATHER (1972) but the acting and pacing kills it.

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