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Silent Tongue (1993)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Western | 27 January 1995 (UK)
Mad with grief after the death of his Kiowa wife, Talbot awaits death under a tree with her body beside him. She begins to haunt him because he won't burn her. His father, who bought him the wife, thinks her sister might reason with him.

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Sam Shepard

Writer:

Sam Shepard
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Bates ... Eamon McCree
Richard Harris ... Prescott Roe
River Phoenix ... Talbot Roe
Dermot Mulroney ... Reeves McCree
Sheila Tousey ... Awbonnie / Ghost
Jeri Arredondo Jeri Arredondo ... Velada McCree
Bill Irwin ... Comic
David Shiner David Shiner ... Straight Man
Tantoo Cardinal ... Silent Tongue
Tommy Thompson Tommy Thompson ... Medicine Show Band Performer
Jack Herrick Jack Herrick ... Medicine Show Band Performer
Bland Simpson Bland Simpson ... Medicine Show Band Performer
Clay Buckner Clay Buckner ... Medicine Show Band Performer
Chris Frank Chris Frank ... Medicine Show Band Performer
Arturo Gil ... Little Person Acrobat #1
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Storyline

It's 1873, Indian Territory. Talbot Roe is going mad with grief over losing his Indian wife, Awbonnie. In an effort to save him, his father, Prescott Roe, seeks to purchase the dead wife's sister, Velada, from the same travelling carnival he acquired Awbonnie. The girls' father, carnival master Eamon McCree, is willing to do business, but her stepbrother, Reeves, protests, putting an end to the negotiation. Desperate, Prescott kidnaps Velada and promises her the means to be rid of her father in return for comforting Talbot out of his obsession. In Talbot's madness, he guards his wife's corpse, preventing her from passing to the beyond. As a result, Awbonnie's ghost begins haunting and cursing everyone involved in the transaction of selling her as a wife. Meanwhile, Reeves and Eamon search the prairie for Velada. Drunken Eamon several times wants to turn back and leave his daughter to her own devices, but Reeves refuses. At the site of a hunting party of Indians, Eamon panics and loses... Written by Shoomado

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Taglines:

Justice can never be silenced.

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for ghostly terror and some violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

France | Netherlands | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1995 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghost Rider - Indian Magic See more »

Filming Locations:

Chaves County, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,227, 27 February 1994

Gross USA:

$61,274
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Belbo Films, Canal+, Mire See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Timothy Scott appeared in Lonesome Dove (1989) opposite Director Sam Shepard's ex-wife, O-Lan Jones. Shepard took over Scott's role in Streets of Laredo (1995). See more »

Quotes

Eamon McCree: You should have been born a female the way you whine and whimper.
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: The Worst Films of 1994 (1995) See more »

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Haul Away, Joe
Traditional music arranged by the Red Clay Ramblers
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Good, thoughtful movie
10 March 2002 | by tringwoodSee all my reviews

I find it rather odd that anybody who loves movies would find this movie slow or dull. The characters are wonderful. Complex characters, each contains both virtues and self serving vices; each at times you feel pity for what has happen to them, yet feel pity for what they have done. There is no end, for what the father has done in the name of his son can never have closure. Mixed with top notch acting, a gripping musical score, perfect sound and wonderful cinematography by under rated Jack Conroy this movie works as a feast for the not just the mind but the eyes and ears as well. Hardly a second passed by where I was not entranced by the spirt of this film. Slow to those fail to understand the each moment in time begins a anew, for each moment is this movie changes a character and in turns changes the story. Perhaps a few scenes went on a few seconds too long, and one can find faults here and there regarding all but the greatest works, but in this movie the faults are mainly hidden by the strengths and story which should leave you thinking about the human heart for some time to come.


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