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Silver City -- The discovery of a corpse threatens to unravel a bumbling local politician's campaign for governor of Colorado.
Silver City -- The discovery of a corpse threatens to unravel a bumbling local politician's campaign for governor of Colorado.


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Writer (WGA):
John Sayles (written by)
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Chris Cooper ... Dickie Pilager

Richard Dreyfuss ... Chuck Raven

Cajardo Lindsey ... Lloyd
John C. Ashton ... Director
Elizabeth Rainer ... Leslie
Donevon Martinez ... Lazaro Huerta

James Gammon ... Sheriff Joe Skaggs

Benjamin Kroger ... Deputy Davis
Charles Mitchell ... Henry

Danny Huston ... Danny O'Brien
Alma Delfina ... Lupe Montoya
Roslyn Washington ... Hilary

David Clennon ... Mort Seymour

Mary Kay Place ... Grace Seymour

Tim Roth ... Mitch Paine

Thora Birch ... Karen Cross

Maria Bello ... Nora Allardyce

Jan Van Sickle ... Reporter #1

Miguel Ferrer ... Cliff Castleton

Denis Berkfeldt ... Reverend Tubbs

Billy Zane ... Chandler Tyson
Patty Calhoun ... Reporter #2

Maggie Roswell ... Ellie Hastings
Paul Rohrer ... Phil Ross
Rich Beall ... Freddy Mondragon (as Richard Beall)
Mare Trevathan Phillpott ... Rebecca Zeller (as Mare Trevathan Philpott)
David Russell ... Foreman

Luis Saguar ... Vince Esparza

Sal Lopez ... Tony Guerra
Gary Sirchia ... Preacher

Michael Murphy ... Senator Judson Pilager

Ralph Waite ... Casey Lyle

Kris Kristofferson ... Wes Benteen
Rodney Lizcano ... Yanez
Stephen Brackett ... Dewey Jr.

Daryl Hannah ... Maddy Pilager
Aaron Vieyra ... Fito

Hugo E. Carbajal ... Rafi
Michael Shalhoub ... Leo

Amie MacKenzie ... Marcy
Larry Gallegos ... Contreras
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Aidan ... Newscaster (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
John Sayles 
Writing credits
John Sayles (written by)

Produced by
Suzanne Ceresko .... associate producer
Robert Lansing Parker .... co-producer (as Lansing Parker)
Maggie Renzi .... producer
Sam Tedesco .... associate producer
Original Music by
Mason Daring (music by)
Cinematography by
Haskell Wexler (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Sayles (edited by)
Casting by
John Hubbard (casting by)
Ros Hubbard (casting by)
Production Design by
Toby Corbett 
Set Decoration by
Alice Baker 
Costume Design by
Shay Cunliffe 
Makeup Department
Lynn Barber .... makeup
Melinda Dunn .... assistant hair
Matt Griffin .... special effects makeup
Colleen Provost .... assistant makeup
Dee Sandella .... hair
Melissa A. Yonkey .... hair (as Melissa Yonkey)
Production Management
Kendall McCarthy .... post production supervisor
Robert Lansing Parker .... unit production manager (as Lansing Parker)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sandy McLeod .... second unit director
Brian Moon .... second assistant director
John Powditch .... first assistant director
Denise Strong .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Ann Marie Auricchio .... lead painter
Kordon Baker .... set dresser
Robin Bartlett-Asnicar .... set dresser (as Robin Bartlett Asnicar)
Chad Branham .... assistant prop master
Cassandra W. Cole .... additional scenic
Jamie A. Curl .... draper (as Jamie Curl)
Jared Darlington .... prop maker
Kyle Davio .... art department coordinator
Jerry Duke .... set dresser
James Wiley Fowler .... set dresser (as James Fowler)
Hank P. Garcia .... prop maker
LeRoy Gilbert .... prop maker
Briggs Gillen .... scenic artist
Briggs Gillen .... sculptor
Thomas Sam Hall .... construction foreman
Chris Jones .... assistant art director
Dylan Kiszlowski .... leadman
Alan Klemm .... scenic artist
Michael B. Muery .... prop maker
Ryan Plucknett .... construction coordinator
Angelique Powers .... additional scenic
Grant Sawyer .... on-set dresser
Steven Schalk .... prop master (as Steve Schalk)
Brady Clayton Scott .... labor
Brady Clayton Scott .... utility
Paul Sjoberg .... set dresser (as Paul F. Sjoberg)
Jennifer Snoeyink .... scenic artist
Sound Department
Laura Civiello .... dialogue editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Robert Fernandez .... rerecording mixer
Chris Fielder .... first assistant sound editor
Judy Karp .... sound mixer
Frank Kern .... foley editor
George A. Lara .... foley engineer
Terrance Laudermilch .... rerecording mixer (as Terry Laudermilch)
Marissa Littlefield .... adr editor
Glenfield Payne .... sound designer
Jaime Reyes .... boom operator
Nani Schumann .... sound apprentice
Steve F.B. Smith .... sound consultant: Dolby
Philip Stockton .... supervising sound editor
Robert Troeller .... technical sound services (as Bob Troeller)
Steven Visscher .... foley supervisor
Jacob Ribicoff .... foley editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
William Boggs .... special effects coordinator (as Bill Boggs)
Kti Eaton .... special effects model maker (as Kt! Eaton)
John Perry .... special effects foreman
Timothy Hampton .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Joshua Frankel .... visual effects (uncredited)
Thomas Mathai .... data manager (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Brook Aitken .... additional grip
Dennis Baker .... grip
Keith Banks .... additional lighting technician (as Keith H. Banks)
John F. Cassidy .... best boy grip (as John Cassidy)
Kenny Davis .... dolly grip (as Kenneth Davis)
Edward Done .... director of photography: second unit
Michael Duran .... additional grip
Megan Forste .... second assistant camera
Christopher Gerding .... grip (as Chris 'Gerdo' Gerding)
Christopher Glasgow .... grip
Nelson Goforth .... swing
James R. Goldsworthy .... "b" camera first assistant
Justin Griesinger .... swing
James Hatridge .... lighting technician (as James L. Hatridge)
Tom Lembcke .... key grip
Rusty Loudermilk .... additional lighting technician (as Rusty Lowdermilk)
Bob Marshak .... still photographer
Terry Moses .... additional grip (as Terry L. Moses)
Robert Muratore .... additional lighting technician
Douglas O'Kane .... "b" camera first assistant (as Doug O'Kane)
Douglas O'Kane .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Doug O'Kane)
Reinhart 'Rayteam' Peschke .... chief lighting technician (as Ray Peschke)
David Quint .... crane technician
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera
Dave Schaaf .... video assist
Ingrid Semler .... camera loader
Arte Shelton .... grip: second unit
Chris Squires .... camera operator
Chris Squires .... steadicam operator
Matt Stelling .... additional grip
Steve Van Ness .... assistant chief lighting technician
Laszlo E. Varga .... additional lighting technician
Michael Wieben .... grip (as Mike 'Big Dog' Wieben)
Jon Wignall .... lighting technician
David Youngs .... additional grip (as Dave 'Monkey' Youngs)
Scott Zuchowski .... lighting technician
Camilo Jarquin .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Lowell Pierce .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Larry Towell .... art photographer: Magnum Photos (uncredited)
Casting Department
Kathleen Broyles .... casting: Denver
Ali Durlin .... casting intern: Denver
Noah Geisel .... casting assistant: Denver
Tamara Notcutt .... principal casting associate (as Tamara-Lee Notcutt)
Rob Sackett .... casting assistant: Denver
Jess Clark .... casting assistant: USA (uncredited)
MaryLynn Malone .... extras casting intern (uncredited)
Brendan McNamara .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kelli Hobson .... wardrobe assistant
Annette Holt .... on-set costumer
Mimi Kaupe .... on-set costumer
Lorie L. LaBrant .... wardrobe assistant
Katie Saunders .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Steve Bowen .... digital color timer
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Mario Ontal .... associate editor
Chris Regan .... color timer
Plummy Tucker .... associate editor
Steve Barnett .... post-production consultant (uncredited)
Ben Estrada .... digital colorist assistant (uncredited)
Location Management
Julie Anne Moore .... assistant location manager
Jessica Renzi-Bailey .... location assistant
Daniell Taff .... location assistant
Sam Tedesco .... location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Jeanine Cowen .... music editor
Bill Elliott .... conductor
Bill Elliott .... orchestration
Sato Knudsen .... music contractor
Duke Levine .... guitar
Dave Mattacks .... percussion
Mike Peipman .... trumpet
Gus Sebring .... french horn
Dave Shacter .... music mixer
Dave Shacter .... recorded and mixed by
Frank Wolf .... music mixer: Mix One Studios, Boston (as Frank Wolfe)
Frank Wolf .... recorded and mixed by: Mix One Studios, Boston (as Frank Wolfe)
Transportation Department
Frank Braham .... driver: set dressing
Steve Davenport .... driver: makeup/hair
C. David Earle .... driver: production van (as David Earle)
Suzette Earle .... driver: camera truck
Rhonda Hansen .... driver: van
Phil Helman .... driver: props
Jerry Jencks .... driver: grip
Darryl Maggs .... driver: stake bed
Anna Maxwell .... driver: van
Eddie McGarraugh .... driver: van
Pat Moser .... driver: van
Terry R. Owens .... transportation captain
Dennis Steele .... driver: set dressing
Gene Ward .... transportation coordinator
Jeff Woodward .... driver: honey wagon
Other crew
Carol Alexander .... accounting clerk
Julia Anderson .... intern
Matthew Ryan Anderson .... additional set production assistant (as Matt Anderson)
Tara Anderson .... office intern: New York
Jeff Archuleta .... additional set production assistant
Len Aslanian .... office intern: New York
Marcus Barben .... first assisstant (as Markus Barben)
Meredith Blake .... office manager: New York
Susan H. Bodine .... legal services: Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein, LLP (as Sue Bodine)
Karen Bosma .... production coordinator
Todd Callan .... additional set production assistant
Andrea F. Cannistraci .... legal services: Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein, LLP (as Andrea Cannistraci)
Ricardo Casillas .... office production assistant
Franklin Crosby .... intern
Mary Cybulski .... script supervisor
Payton Dunham .... set production assistant
Sinan Germirli .... intern
Alec Giardino .... stand-in
Lisa Goldsworthy .... additional set production assistant
Hannah Hancock Rubinsky .... office intern: New York
Sheri Kaz .... additional set production assistant
Todd Kruger .... intern
Sandy Madden .... intern
Angela C. Maez .... production secretary
MaryLynn Malone .... intern (as Marylynn Malone)
Ilana McAllister .... first assistant accountant
Gary Miller .... chef
Matt Mosley .... office intern: New York
Dylan Mulick .... office intern: New York
Henry Oshell .... second assistant (as Henry R. Ochel Jr.)
James Pagel .... medic (as Jim Pagel)
Monica Perez Gelbman .... post-production accountant
Sabrina Rehnke .... intern
Lynne Robertson .... craft service
Aaron Rosenbloom .... set production assistant
Bryan Saunders .... set production assistant (as Bryan 'Boo' Saunders)
Nicole Sherwin .... intern
A. Rochell Smith .... additional set production assistant (as Rochell Smith)
Justine Spicer .... additional set production assistant (as Justin Spicer)
Spooky Stevens .... unit publicist
Sharon Vise .... production accountant
Angelica Vogt .... intern
Rachel Young .... office production assistant (as M. Rachel Young)
MaryLynn Malone .... set medic (uncredited)
Kirk Tedeski .... video effects supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial Effects
  • RhinoFX (visual effects) (as Rhinofx, New York City)
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Rated R for language
128 min
Aspect Ratio:
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[first lines]
Ad Spokesman:Richard Pilager cares about Colorado.
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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining political/mystery/comedy, 1 February 2005
Author: Rick-34 ( from United States

While not at the level of the best Sayles movies (Lone Star, The Secret of Roan Inish, etc.), Silver City is still entertaining. The film suffers a bit from trying to do too much, and not quite making it all the way to any of its targets. But there's still a lot to enjoy.

My first thought while watching this movie was: hey, Chris Cooper isn't the star! Since his face is featured on the poster, and he starred in Lone Star, and is generally considered an A List actor these days, this was a bit of a surprise. The lead actor turned out to be Danny Huston, half-brother of Angelica, son of John, grandson of Walter, etc. Huston's character, Danny O'Brien, is hired by the Pilager campaign to intimidate a few enemies of Dickie Pilager (Cooper) after a dead body shows up in a lake during a campaign photo op. But O'Brien is by nature anti-establishment, and instincts from his previous life as an investigative journalist kick in, so he starts to investigate much more than he was hired to.

The supporting cast is terrific, though many of them (Tim Roth and Thora Birch come to mind) are wasted in tiny roles. Aside from Huston and Cooper, the only actors given much to work with are Maria Bello as his ex-girlfriend, who also happens to be a political reporter, Richard Dreyfuss as the Rove-like campaign manager, and Sal Lopez as a Mexican chef that O'Brien gets involved in investigating the background of the victim. Daryl Hannah has a nice small role as Maddy Pilager, the candidate's sister.

The general problem the movie has is that it seems a bit indecisive as to whether it's about immigration or about politics. It seems to be a bit more about immigration than politics, and other films such as Redford's "The Candidate" have covered the latter ground with considerably more energy and insight. Some reviewers have noted a parallel to the Huston masterpiece "Chinatown" - but that's a high standard to aim for, and Silver City really doesn't come close. The script is far too disjointed, and Danny Huston is just not close to Nicholson's level as an actor. Still, the movie is enjoyable, especially for its insights into the migrant worker community, which is usually ignored by most Americans.

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