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Salvatore Giuliano

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Salvatore Giuliano (1962)

Salvatore Giuliano is an Italian made movie directed by Francesco Rosi, released in 1962. It narrates the story of the Sicilian outlaw Salvatore "Turiddo" Giuliano ("Turiddo" is the "Salvatore"'s Sicilian diminutive), and is fight from the end of World War Two up to his death in 1950. The film has received different critics, both positive and negative, depicting quite correctly historical events and local traditions, but otherwise depicting Sicily as a primitive land. Pictures about this movie are very rare to find.

Another movie about the life of Salvatore Giuliano appeared in 1987. It was based on the eponymous novel by Mario Puzo.

The following weapons are featured in the film Salvatore Giuliano:


Beretta M1934

The Beretta M1934 was the standard sidearm for Italian forces, issuded to Army officers and NCOs and law enforcement troops. Seen holstered by Army officers and Carabinieri NCOs and troopers. Seen handled only by the cops in plain clothes while they search for Giuliano near the end of the movie

Beretta Model 1934 - .380 ACP

Colt M1911

An M1911A1 is seen lying next to Giuliano's (Pietro Cammarata) dead body at the beginning of the movie. It is canonically incorrect, because Giuliano's signature handgun was a FN-Browning HP.

World War II Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP

Submachine Guns

Thompson Submachine Gun

Several versions of Thompson are used in this movie. An M1 Thompson is the gun mainly used by Giuliano's second-in-command Gaspare Pisciotta (Frank Wolff) throughout the movie. Several others Guiliano's bandits use Thompson M1 and M1928 fitted mainly with box magazines. A Thompson M1 is also used during the ambush at the Carabinieri's station.

M1 Thompson with 20-round magazine - .45 ACP
M1928 "Tommy Gun" or "Chicago typewriter" with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP
The Tommy Gun is visible below Pisciotta's arm
Pisciotta's Tommy Gun is on the right, another one is seen in the background
The Thompson is visible under Pisciotta's arm. The triangular shaped protection ears identify it clearly as an M1A1


A Sten Mk II is seen slung over the back of one bandit guarding Giuliano's place when a Senator of the EVIS (Ente Volontario Indipendenza della Sicilia, Sicily's Independentist Voluntary Entity) went to discuss with Turiddo. The other one is depicted in the photo below.

Sten Mk II (Canadian) - 9x19mm
The fourth man from right in grey coat has a STEN


The MP40 is the second most used submachine gun in the movie. Used only by Giuliano's men. Giuliano used one during the ambush at the pagliaio to a patrol of Carabinieri.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Third man from right (one of Giuliano's lieutenant) holds an MP40

Beretta Model 38

The two versions of the Beretta Model 38 (also known as the MAB or Moschetto Automatico Beretta) are the most seen SMGs in the movie. The MAB 38A is used by the Italian Army NCOs and the Carabinieri patrols in uniform and in plain clothes. The MAB 38/42 is used by the bandits of Giuliano and by Giuliano himself in several occasions. A MAB 38/42 is found near his dead body.

Beretta Model 38A - 9x19mm
Beretta Model 38/42 - 9x19mm
Giuliano (second man from right, with the long, bright coat) has a MAB 38/42 slung on his back
A carabiniere takes cover aiming his MAB as another carabiniere is wounded by Pisciotta in Montelepre
The MAB 38/42 lying down next to Giuliano's corpse
A Carabiniere guarding Giuliano corpse's retrieval scene is armed with a MAB 38/42. In the background a Carabiniere from the Corpo Repressione Banditismo (a special unit created with the task of eradicating criminal armed groups) has a MAB38/A slung over his shoulder. Giuliano's MAB is still visible on the ground


Mannlicher-Carcano M1891 Cavalry

The Cavalry musket (musket is used in Italy to designate a very short carbine) model of the old bolt action Italian infantry rifle Carcano M1891 is used by some of the Army soldiers and mainly by the Carabinieri. In a scene a Cavalry is given to a Sicilian shepherd hired by Giuliano for the Portella della Ginestra's massacre.

Carcano M91/38 Cavalry Carbine with folded bayonet - 6.5x52mm
An Army soldier guarding the fountain has a Carcano Cavalry
Carabinieri arresting all adult males in Montelepre armed with Carcano cavalry muskets
Carabinieri in combat gear (long coat, gaiters, helmets, duty belts) holding their short carbines askew to keep the Montelepre's women away from the arrested men
A Carabiniere has a Carcano Cavalry slung over his back. On the left is visible the barrel of a MAB38/A of an NCO
One of Turiddo's men teaching the young shepherd how to use a Carcano M1891 cavalry musket

Machine Guns

Fiat-Revelli Model 1914/35

Fiat-Revelli M14/35 machine gun is an air-cooled, belt-fed heavy machine gun used during WWII by the Italian Armed Forces. The Giuliano's bandits managed to take one somehow, and used it in various occasions.

Fiat-Revelli M14/35 machine gun - 8×59mm RB Breda
Two bandits manning the Fiat 14/35 during the ambush to the Army

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