Silver City (2004)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Mystery  |  24 September 2004 (USA)
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The discovery of a corpse threatens to unravel a bumbling local politician's campaign for governor of Colorado.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dickie Pilager
Chuck Raven
John C. Ashton ...
Elizabeth Rainer ...
Donevon Martinez ...
Lazaro Huerta
Deputy Davis
Charles Mitchell ...
Danny O'Brien
Alma Delfina ...
Lupe Montoya
Roslyn Washington ...
Mort Seymour
Grace Seymour
Mitch Paine


Set against the backdrop of a mythic "New West," a satire that follows grammatically-challenged, "user-friendly" candidate Dicky Pilager, scapegrace scion of Colorado's venerable Senator Jud Pilager, during his gubernatorial campaign. When Pilager finds that he's reeled in a corpse during the taping of an environmental political ad, his ferocious campaign manager, Chuck Raven, hires former idealistic journalist turned rumpled private detective Danny O'Brien to investigate potential links between the corpse and the Pilager family's enemies. Danny's investigation pulls him deeper and deeper into a complex web of influence and corruption, involving high stakes lobbyists, media conglomerates, environmental plunderers, and undocumented migrant workers. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Campaigning in theatres. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

24 September 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Em Campanha  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$337,484 (USA) (17 September 2004)


£98,855 (UK) (29 July 2005)

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1.85 : 1
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When Danny is splashing in the mine, the type of flashlight he is holding changes several times. See more »


[first lines]
Ad Spokesman: Richard Pilager cares about Colorado.
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References All the President's Men (1976) See more »


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Written by Bill Elliott
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Sayles Repeats His Politics, Just Now in Colorado
29 September 2004 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

John Sayles repeats himself in "Silver City," borrowing very heavy-handedly from his much more effective takes on local politics and the environment that spawns it, from his "City of Hope" (urban NJ), "Lone Star" (Texas)--which also featured Kris Kristofferson in a not dissimilar role-- and "Sunshine State" (Florida), though now he's taking on Colorado.

Other actors also seem to be present for their resonance from other features, Michael Murphy from "Tanner 88," Daryl Hannah almost as crazy as she was in "Kill Bill, Volume 2," and Richard Dreyfuss channeling Duddy Kravitz as a campaign manager.

While Chris Cooper is very effective in capturing a George W. Bush-type politician from a family dynasty, Danny Huston switches confusingly from cynical ex-journalist/investigator to naif as he uncovers a scandal with ever-widening yet encircling entanglements of class, ethnicity, media, real estate, wildlife, etc. etc.

While the satire is scarily amusing, the final scene of this overlong film is literally overkill.

Sayles as usual carefully picks the songs on the soundtrack, here there's frequent Cowboy Junkies tracks.

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