Silent Tongue (1993)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Horror, Western  |  27 January 1995 (UK)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Talbot Roe
Sheila Tousey ...
Awbonnie / Ghost
Jeri Arredondo ...
David Shiner ...
Straight Man
Silent Tongue
Tommy Thompson ...
Medicine Show Band Performer
Jack Herrick ...
Medicine Show Band Performer
Bland Simpson ...
Medicine Show Band Performer
Clay Buckner ...
Medicine Show Band Performer
Chris Frank ...
Medicine Show Band Performer
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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 traveling carnival he acquired Awbonnie. The girls' father, carnival master Eamon McCree, is willing to do business, but her step-brother, 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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Justice can never be silenced.


Drama | Horror | Western

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

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27 January 1995 (UK)  »

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American Legacy  »

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$61,274 (USA)

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This is River Phoenix's last completed film. His next film was 'Dark Blood' with Judy Davis and Jonathan Pryce, but he overdosed and died before production was completed. See more »


Eamon McCree: You should have been born a female the way you whine and whimper.
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The Man at the Plough
Traditional music arranged by the Red Clay Ramblers
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Terrific Euro-Western
28 October 2000 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Silent Tongue looks and feels like a great lost 60s spaghetti oater crossed with a Japanese ghost story. Richard Harris is excellent (and restrained!) as the father of River Phoenix, who is haunted by the less than ethereal remains of his late wife, a half breed purchased from traveling huckster Alan Bates (over-the-top but enjoyable!). Give playwright Sam Shepard his props for some outstanding direction: this man understands how to frame a shot better than 90% of the Hollywood hacks making big budget crapola. Strongly recommended.

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