Bounty killers led by Loco prey on outlaws hiding out in the snowbound Utahn mountains. After Pauline's husband becomes Loco's latest victim, she hires a gunman for revenge; Silence, mute since his throat was cut when he was a boy.Written by
Tom Seldon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The snow in the town of Snow Hill was created by gallons of shaving cream. See more »
When Silence and Burnett use potatoes as target practice, the potatoes they fire at frequently hurtle towards them. The impact of the bullets should have sent them farther away. See more »
[after Silence has killed four other bounty killers]
W-Wait! I-I surrender! Don't kill me! I-I won't do it again! I'm through with bounty hunting! Don't kill me, Silence!
[Silence shoots both of the man's thumbs off; the killer moans in pain]
Damn you! You've... crippled my hands!
[tries to shoot Silence with his pistol, but is shot in the back by Miguel]
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Like Corbucci's mudbound gem "Django", the snowbound "The Great Silence" is an imaginative spaghetti western *not* set in a dusty desert. The film's greatest asset is its gorgeous scenery and cinematography, which are so outstanding as to make it hard to go back to watching run-of-the-mill Eurowesterns. Jean-Louis Trintignant is brilliant as the virtuous title character, a mute gunfighter who only shoots in self-defense (but who is not above provoking an enemy to draw first). Klaus Kinski, in a co-starring role for once (unlike the dozens of spaghettis where he mailed in a five-minute cameo), is very good as the antagonist. The implied political message may or not be to everyone's taste, but it is at least thought-provoking. I would rank this above "Django" and "Navajo Joe" as Corbucci's most fully realized western, and among the five best spaghetti westerns ever.
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