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.
Michael Cimino studied architecture and dramatic arts from Yale; later he filmed advertisements and documentaries and also wrote scripts until the actor, producer and director, Clint Eastwood gave him the opportunity to direct the thriller Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974). But his biggest success was The Deer Hunter (1978) which won the Oscar for the Best Film. For another successful film he got in trouble: The Sicilian (1987) – critics accused him of portraying as a hero, with his biography, the Italian criminal Salvatore Giuliano. —IMDb
Dialogue so stilted it should be walking around in a circus; Sukowa's weird apparent dub-job; pointlessly pretty cinematography and that annoying swirly, 360 degree camera that try to distract from stiled dialogue. (like the cops talking in the car waving flashlights in each other's faces in "Desperate Hours") ...But Ackland smoulders with suppressed menace, and the film does improve when it later picks up pace.
In the second half, the story does begin to turn into the mess that everyone says it is. But throughout the entire film, it has some beautiful cinematography and shows that Cimino always had a great visual sense regardless of how weak of a script he was working with. This definitely an interesting failure, and as with all Cimino films, it is just intriguing enough to keep you watching or bring you back to it.