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The Great Silence (1968)
"Il grande silenzio" (original title)

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A mute gunslinger faces off against a gang of bounty hunters in the great blizzard of 1899, and a grim, tense struggle unfolds.

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Complete credited cast:
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Gordon / Silence (as Jean Louis Trintignant)
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Tigrero / Loco
Frank Wolff ...
Sheriff Gideon Burnett
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Henry Pollicut
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Martin
Carlo D'Angelo ...
Governor of Utah
Marisa Merlini ...
Regina
Maria Mizar ...
Miguel's Mother
Marisa Sally
Raf Baldassarre ...
Schultz
Spartaco Conversi ...
Walter
Remo De Angelis ...
Fake Sheriff in Flashback
Mirella Pamphili ...
Saloon Girl
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Pauline Middleton (as Vonetta Mc Gee)
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Bounty killers led by Loco prey on outlaws hiding out in the snowbound Nevada mountains. After Pauline's husband becomes Loco's latest victim, she hires a gunman for revenge; Silence, mute since his throat was cut as a child Written by Tom Seldon <elpuro@msn.com>

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Governor: The old west is finished. We must learn to live with people of all races and persuasions and unite to make a new west. Yes, use that in my next speech.
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An exceptional and striking western one could never have done in Hollywood
7 February 2001 | by (Pirkkala, Finland) – See all my reviews

This is among the very few films that make you truly disgusted by its violence; not because of the amount of blood as in many other films but because the victims of the bounty hunters are human beings, slaughtered brutally in front of their own family members. Corbucci has disguised this film as a piece of popular cinema, but gives us shocks once in a while, and finally surprises us completely in the unexpected end. This is how he makes his anti-violent message very clear, and it is easy to agree with him.

IL GRANDE SILENZIO is more pessimistic but also more human than any western by Leone or Peckinpah. It may not be a pleasant experience, but if you want to see a masterpiece of cinema instead of a traditional western, it is definitely worth waiting in line for.


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