In may 1860, in Italy, a civil war erupted between Republicans, supporters of Garibaldi, and supporters of the ruling dynasty of the Bourbons. Prince Fabrizio di Salina, Sicilian Lord, educated and wise aristocrat-intellectual, with the understanding and pessimism refers to the changes that are happening. So, when his young nephew Tancredi first enter the ranks of the insurgents Garibaldi, and then becomes an officer of the king of Savoy, don Fabrizio does not condemn it. The Prince of Salina does not want to participate actively in the political struggle. He is well aware of the inevitability of occurring of large changes and feels that his time "leopards" and "lions" — goes. "I belong to the outgoing class, I'm free from the illusions and is not capable of self-deception, he says. We are leopards, lions. Those who will succeed will be scalescale, hyenas".
- Country: FR, IT
- Language: Italian | Latin | French
- Budget: ITL2,900,000,000
- Revenue: Cumulative Worldwide $181,692