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Silent Tongue (1993)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Western | 27 January 1995 (UK)
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.

Director:

Sam Shepard

Writer:

Sam Shepard
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Bates ... Eamon McCree
Richard Harris ... Prescott Roe
River Phoenix ... Talbot Roe
Dermot Mulroney ... Reeves McCree
Sheila Tousey ... Awbonnie / Ghost
Jeri Arredondo Jeri Arredondo ... Velada McCree
Bill Irwin ... Comic
David Shiner David Shiner ... Straight Man
Tantoo Cardinal ... Silent Tongue
Tommy Thompson Tommy Thompson ... Medicine Show Band Performer
Jack Herrick Jack Herrick ... Medicine Show Band Performer
Bland Simpson Bland Simpson ... Medicine Show Band Performer
Clay Buckner Clay Buckner ... Medicine Show Band Performer
Chris Frank Chris Frank ... Medicine Show Band Performer
Arturo Gil ... Little Person Acrobat #1
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Storyline

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 travelling carnival he acquired Awbonnie. The girls' father, carnival master Eamon McCree, is willing to do business, but her stepbrother, 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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Taglines:

Justice can never be silenced.

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Although filmed in the spring of 1992, the movie did not have a theatrical release until 1994. See more »

Quotes

Eamon McCree: You should have been born a female the way you whine and whimper.
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Soundtracks

Haul Away, Joe
Traditional music arranged by the Red Clay Ramblers
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A very 'Haunting' film. ...
16 August 2006 | by randawg72See all my reviews

I originally tracked down a copy of this film because it was River's last movie. I'm also a Richard Harris fan.

Not surprisingly, I liked it. Great performances by Richard Harris (the father), Alan Bates (the medicine show owner), and of course River Phoenix. The film has a unique and eerie look and feel that's unlike any others I've seen.

River's role as the grieving young widower is interesting to watch. Especially since he plays a disoriented, hallucinating character which seems to mirror his real life at the time battling drug addiction and other demons. He even looks high during some scenes (Of course he was a great actor).

Granted this movie is not for everyone. The friends & family I've shown it to liked it. I recommend it to any River Phoenix fan and to anyone who enjoys the escape to a different time and place that a good movie like this provides.

~Randawg.


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Country:

France | Netherlands | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1995 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Silent Tongue See more »

Filming Locations:

Chaves County, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,227, 27 February 1994

Gross USA:

$61,274

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$61,274
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Belbo Films, Canal+, Mire See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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