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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: I'm telling you now, if we don't turn back, their dogs'll be eatin' our testicles by nightfall.
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: The Worst Films of 1994 (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Flying Cloud Cotillion
Traditional music arranged by the Red Clay Ramblers
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what a stupid film!!
17 January 2001 | by timmaukSee all my reviews

A friend told me this was a must see because I was a River Phoenix fan. Yuuucccckkkkk!! What a stupid film!! It really made no sense at all.

He loses his love (a beautiful Indian girl) and instead of burying her, he keeps her and stays with her body. Through baking heat of the sun, through rainstorms, day, night, day, night, day, night,.....GROSS! He doesn't say a word through it all. No real emotion. FINALLY at the end of the film, an Indian spirit persuades him to let her go. This is a horrible last role for him to have. Also, I can't believe that Sam Shepard actually wanted this to be his directing debut! All I can say is what a waste of talent in this load of c**p.

Stay far away from this one!!


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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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