Pisciotta and Giuliano film
Gaspare Pisciotta
Biographical Information
Aliases Aspanu
Gender Male
Born March 5, 1924
Montelepre, Sicily, Italy
Died February 9, 1954
Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Affiliation Salvatore Giuliano's band
Behind the scenes
Portrayed by John Turturro
"I hate political women."
―Gaspare Pisciotta[src]

Gaspare "Aspanu" Pisciotta was a companion and childhood friend of the Sicilian bandit Salvatore Giuliano, and considered to be the co-leader of his gang.


A friend of Giuliano's since his youth, he was with Giuliano when his friend was shot by carabinieri as they attempted to find food. He survived the shootout and brought Giuliano to his friend Abbot Manfredi who healed his wounds.

The path towards crimeEdit

After Manfredi healed Giuliano, the two were warned that the carabinieri were on their trail. They fled to visit Giuliano's godfather Hector Adonis, who warned them against the path they were taking.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • In The Sicilian, Gaspare Pisciotta is poisoned to death by Hector Adonis while he is imprisoned for his banditry. However, in real life he was believed to have been poisoned by the Mafia.
  • In the film, he is portrayed by John Turturro.


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