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The Great Silence (1968)

Jean-Louis Trintignant , Klaus Kinski , Sergio Corbucci  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Klaus Kinski, Frank Wolff, Vonetta McGee, Luigi Pistilli
  • Directors: Sergio Corbucci
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen, Surround Sound, Director's Cut
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Fantoma
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00012L77W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,530 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Great Silence" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Restored uncensored Director's Cut
  • Video Introduction and Liner Notes by Filmmaker Alex Cox (Repo Man, Sid & Nancy)
  • Alternate "Happy Ending"
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

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The greatest spaghetti western ever made -- Alex Cox, director of Sid & Nancy and Repo Man

Product Description

On an unforgiving, snow swept frontier, a group of bloodthirsty bounty hunters, led by the vicious Loco (Klaus Kinski Nosferatu, For a Few Dollars More) prey on a band of persecuted outlaws who have taken to the hills. As the price on each head is collected one-by-one, only a mute gunslinger named Silence (Jean-Louis Trintignant The Conformist) stands between the innocent refuges and the greed and corruption that the bounty hunters represent. But, in this harsh, brutal world, the lines between right and wrong aren't always clear and good doesn't always triumph. Featuring superb photography and a haunting score from maestro Ennio Morricone, director Sergio Corbucci's (Django, Compa=F1eros) bleak, brilliant and violent vision of an immoral, honorless west is widely considered to be among the very best and most influential Euro-Westerns ever made.

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable April 7, 2004
Sergio Corbucci is primarily responsible for the emergence of the spaghetti western film genre. I know, I know; you are saying to yourself right now that Sergio Leone's movies starring Clint Eastwood define the genre, and you are correct in this assertion. But Corbucci's film "Django" made it possible for people like Leone to make his vast contributions to the genre. "Django," with its gritty atmosphere, grim violence, and delightfully slick conclusion set the stage for everything that came after. Fortunately, director Corbucci didn't quit making films after his initial success; he made several other films including this 1968 classic spag western, "The Great Silence." Starring the always wonderfully warped Klaus Kinski and French actor Jean-Louis Trintignant, Corbucci's film is an intriguing entry in the universe of Italian westerns. For years the only way to acquire a copy of the movie was to shell out big bucks for cruddy looking VHS dupes usually three or four times removed from the original source. Not anymore. Now you can watch Corbucci's film with great sound, a nice picture, and you even get a few extras. It's too bad they don't make films like this one anymore.
Trintignant plays Silence, a brooding, mute gunslinger moving from place to place gunning down bad guys. He's not a bad guy himself, though, because he only kills goons who prey on innocent people. A burning need for personal revenge fuels these vendettas--several men slaughtered Silence's own family when he was a young child, cutting our hero's throat in the bargain. Silence survived the attack and, even as he avenges innocents egregiously wronged, seeks out the evil ones responsible for his own personal tragedy. And find them he will even if it means dying in the process.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very unusual, powerful and largely overlooked gem! March 23, 2003
I watched The Great Silence for the first time last night.
There is no doubt in my mind that this film is easily amongst the best spaghetti westerns ever made. I do feel this is better than Django. The Sergio Corbucci films I'd previously seen seemed very hit and miss. The photography sometimes looked rough, complete with shaky zooms. The photography in The Great Silence however is generally superb. Some wonderful wide shots and a number of other beautiful shots, the camera does pan about very well.
The film is set on a snow swept landscape and it looks terrific, it also contains a wonderful, haunting score from Ennio Morricone.
On an unforgiving, snow-swept frontier, a group of bloodthirsty bounty hunters, led by the vicious Loco (Klaus Kinski) prey on a band of persecuted outlaws who have taken to the hills. As the price on each head is collected - one - by - one, only a mute gunslinger named Silence (Jean-Louis-Trintignant) stands between the innocent refugees and the greed and corruption that the bounty hunters represent.
It's hard to believe this film was made in 1968, it is very impressive for many reasons. First it does not follow most genre conventions, it simply follows it's own set of rules, the ending is especially different. It's well cast, I thought both of the male leads were perfect. There is a very good moment where the mute gunslinger and a coloured woman make love. This scene is really unusual and quite daring for the time. This is a very bleak film, which may put some people off. I happen to think the ending is brilliant.
The Great Silence is such a wonderful film. The English dubbing is sometimes poor, but this is only a small flaw.
I'm very pleased with the DVD of this film.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One of the best spaghetti westerns made October 5, 2001
After having sat through the tedium of Texas, Adios and Vengeance, it was a terrific pleasure to see this film. The setting is unusual for a Western (mountains full of snow), the score by the great Morricone is tops, and the international casting is inspired.
Jean Louis Trintignant (French) plays the title role, a mute (hence his name) in the role of the force for good who carries an unusual gun for the time. Klaus Kinski (German) is the heavy and while his dubbed-in voice can grate on one's nerves, his actions and facial expressions leave no doubt as to who and what he is. Vonetta McGhee (American) is the black widow who becomes, briefly, the Great Silence's love interest. So it was also good to see this unusual development--a black-white couple, rare for its time as well.
While I agree with others that Leone is the best in the genre, this film has to be very close to that quality. The extremely downbeat ending is another plus, a crushing blow to the expected typical Western fare. However, in retrospect, some of the actions of the main characters leading up to this finale seem either naive or stupid. Hence, the three stars. If you can buy into the "good guys" being too trusting for their own good, then I guess this would work.
So the minuses are Kinski's dubbed-in voice, and the possibly non-credible naivete of the "heroes". But if you weigh those against the pluses, which are many, you have overall a solid film, definitely worth seeing, if not owning.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE SNOW August 7, 2002
You can not go wrong with Sergio Corbucci's THE GREAT SILENCE. The movie is simply one of the best spaghetti westerns ever directed and belongs to the priceless category of cult movies. If you consider that, apart of the haunting musical score of Ennio Morricone, Klaus Kinski is one of the main characters of the film, nothing, except maybe the bad quality of the sound, can prevent you now from ordering this Image DVD.
You'll find in THE GREAT SILENCE moments of anthology such as a love scene between a mute and a black woman (I remind you that the scene is happening in 1998 in the Utah mountains) with a violin concert as musical background. You'll suffer with the hero -Jean-Louis Trintignant- who is mute and has to face the fiendish Klaus Kinski with a burnt hand, and bullets in the shoulder AND in the other hand. I hardly mention that it is snowing during the entire movie and that the final scene of the GREAT SILENCE is so pessimistic that the movie's producer asked Sergio Corbucci to shoot an alternative ending you will find as bonus feature.
Other bonus features include a trailer and an interview of SID AND NANCY'S director Alex Cox. Images are average and the sound, as I mentioned it before, poor.
A DVD zone your library.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars An Uncommon Spaghetti Western
This is considered by many Spaghetti Western fans to be one of the top 10 and even top 5 best SP Westerns ever made. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Julian Pope
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
spagetti western with little dialogue and
a very reserved jean-louis.
very atmospheric. if you are looking
for a happy ending don't see this film.
Published 6 months ago by indore
4.0 out of 5 stars A great western from Corbucci lacking a proper Region 1 blu-ray...
Any fan of Italian westerns should not miss this movie. The Great Silence and The Mercenary have long been my 2 favorite westerns, however, both seem to be lacking a fully... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Trichome
5.0 out of 5 stars A western too real for its own good...
You will not forget this western!!! It is a very unusual one. They don't make them like that anymore. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Luke
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Spaghetti Western that I somehow managed to miss in my youth.
Sergio Corbucci out did himself on this murderous bounty hunter film. Fantastic outdoor deep woods and snow add to the quality of this Spaghetti Western. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Chris Crockett
2.0 out of 5 stars Left me cold...
The Great Silence is often cited as one of the best Italian westerns but personally it left me rather cold (pun unintended). Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. R Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Daring film making at its most successful!
Great atmosphere, solid story and outstanding performances. The finale is so well-placed, perfectly executed and so atypical that this particular aspect of the film alone makes it... Read more
Published 16 months ago by M. Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great spaghetti
This one evidently was a source of inspiration for Peckinpah and Eastwood. Very violent and bloody, the way the west probalbly was at times.
Published 17 months ago by Manuel Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted
I'm not going to bother reviewing the movie because that is why we have People only care whether buying this DVD off Amazon is trustworthy. And...your in luck! Read more
Published 20 months ago by Ryan Hillman

THE GREAT SILENCE is without a doubt one of the best westerns ever made, mostly because of its brilliant and (at that time) very controversial... Read more
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