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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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Loco
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Martin
Carlo D'Angelo ...
Governor
Marisa Merlini ...
Regina
Maria Mizar
Marisa Sally
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Walter
Remo De Angelis
Mirella Pamphili ...
Barfly
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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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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

According to "Once Upon a Time in the Italian West" by Howard Hughes, Silence's distinctive rapid-firing pistol is the 1896 7,63 mm Mauser Broomhandle. See more »

Goofs

Various spelling mistakes in the title cards. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Burnett: You ain't by some chance one of them no- good bounty hunters, are ya? .... I asked you a question, so answer. I'm a sheriff....Well? Where you come from? How long you intend to stay? If you think you're bein' smart, just watch yourself. Now then, stranger, let's have it--
Pauline: He can't answer, sheriff. He's a mute.
Sheriff Burnett: [Turns to Silence] Well I'll be. At least you could have told me.
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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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