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...a deadly game!
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Lynette Walden and Chris Mulkey star in this action-packed ride through the sexy and dangerous world of flesh for sale and murder for hire... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Lynette Walden ... Angelica

Chris Mulkey ... George

Paul Ganus ... Tony

Jaime Gomez ... Drew

Morton Downey Jr. ... Michael Keating

Brook Susan Parker ... Didi
George Shannon ... C.H. Binder

Anders Hove ... Director

Scott Kraft ... Joey

Kamar de los Reyes ... Kickboxer
Reid Cruickshanks ... Jock

Ava Dupree ... Policewoman
Stephen P. Hart ... Kurt Svetter

Cole S. McKay ... Tattooed Man
Jacqueline Jacobs ... Sister Newton
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Beth Broderick ... Barbie Rodgers (uncredited)
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Directed by
Amy Goldstein 
 
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Amy Goldstein 
Scott Kraft 

Produced by
Brian J. Smith .... producer
 
Original Music by
Carole Pope 
 
Cinematography by
Daniel Berkowitz 
 
Film Editing by
Rick Blue 
 
Casting by
Carol Lefko 
 
Production Design by
John Myhre 
 
Costume Design by
Pilar Limosner 
 
Production Management
Don Daniel .... unit production manager
 
Art Department
Rebecca C. Crespi .... leadman/prop buyer
Candi Guterres .... on-set dresser
Mark Hofeling .... property master
 
Stunts
Ed Anders .... stunts
Steve Hart .... stunts
Maria R. Kelly .... stunt double (as Maria Kelly)
Cole S. McKay .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Dunn .... gaffer: second unit
Joseph M. Setele .... camera operator: "b" camera
R. Michael Stringer .... gaffer
 

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Silencer is Golden? If not, let's get down to the Brass tacks, 17 June 2001
Author: Gluck-3 from USA

You may have gotten an overall idea from the other comments that this film was not exactly ground-breaking. What do you expect from Crown International Pictures? There's a formula to be adhered to involving pretty girls, guns, sex, violence and nudity. So allow me to pitch in my two pennies as to the specifics.

It's always a curiosity for a female director to be at the helm of an exploitation film. Since such films generally don't deliver, sometimes one wonders whether a feminine perspective can set things right. I could practically hear the cheering section shouting, "You go girl, you Amy Goldstein, you show 'em how it's done RIGHT." It could be said director Amy Goldstein was the auteur of "The Silencer," as she was also the co-writer. Yessir, Amy Goldstein's womb was filled with "The Silencer," the film was her baby, and she has delivered... probably by Caesarean.

Not that Ms. Goldstein has gone totally wrong... she has set about creating an unusually strong female lead. (Well. The character is a hitwoman, so she can't be too much of a wuss.) There is one scene at a poolroom where she takes such a liking to a feller ("Tony"), she practically rapes him, as if to say, Ha-ha. How do you like this role reversal, buddy?

The thing is, why oh why did Ms. Goldstein choose Lynette Walden as the hitwoman, "Angie"? It's like today's films that insist on casting Hollywood pretty boys for roles involving rough-and-tumble characters. For example, I hope you don't remember the TV series version of "The Dirty Dozen," but if you're unfortunate enough to still be haunted by this memory, just compare the mostly plastic actors in that cast versus the amazing cast in the original movie. (Even "The Silencer" plays along with casting ho-hum pretty boys in the mean roles... note the corrupt vice cop - if that's what he was - who tries to shake down hookers for money... why choose an actor who has the forgettable looks of Jeff "Taxi" Conaway?)

Okay, Ms. Walden tries to look and act tough, but she opens her mouth and she sounds like she's out for a night at the mall with the rest of the girls. She's so.... regular! If you're going to make a film about an aggressive and ruthless woman, you need an actress who has some GRIT! An extreme good example is Lucy Lawless' "Xena"; a beautiful woman, certainly, but the viewer can readily believe there is some power behind her. The odds were already stacked against The Silencer's being a memorable movie, but Amy Goldstein really did herself in with her unimaginative casting choice for the lead role.

Two good casting choices: the late Morton Downey, Jr. who was so beautifully sleazy, and perfectly chosen for his villainous role in "The Silencer"; then there's Chris Mulkey, who's always a pleasure to see in films, with his eyebrow tips by the nose constantly pointing upward. I didn't know this actor by name, but you always see him in movies and television... bit parts in films like "Rambo" is where I first took note of him. Checking his body of work at the IMDB, he has been around for a while... starring (STARRING!) in a "Death Wish" type of movie all the way back in 1976 (called "Deadbeat"). He's tall and distinctive-looking, and should have become at least as well known as Michael Madsen. Why couldn't obscure Chris Mulkey have been cutting off ears in "Reservoir Dogs"? Life just isn't fair.

Surprisingly, some work actually went into the title sequence, going for a James Bond type of flair; the song helped. When the gets-lost-in-a-crowd Lynette Walden kept holding her Luger-like golden pistola with the defective silencer extension, do you know what she caused me to do? I mean, besides lowering my eyelids to half-mast? She reminded me of Christopher Lee's "Man with the Golden Gun." Maybe she reminded me more of Herve Villechaize in that film, I don't know.

In conclusion, ladies and gentlemen, could somebody please tell me how Mr. Mulken's character, as the one-time lover of the far-from-intoxicating Lynette Walden (I'm not talking about her mouth-watering chest... I'm talking about Lynette Walden, the person. Please do not objectify Lynette Walden), stalking her as he does throughout the movie (Chris: the affair is over; get over it. You want to be with a dangerous woman, go after Amanda Plummer... even if her chest is not of the treasure variety)... how in the world can he see her every move from the video game machine that she seems to be getting her instructions from. Is Chris Mulkey secretly Dr. Mabuse, and is this really a science fiction film? Do not ask me to suspend my disbelief to such an outrageous extent, PLEASE, Amy Goldstein!







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