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"Silent Tongue" is a ghost story which uncovers a disturbing sickness at the heart of the Old West. River Phoenix becomes mentally unhinged when his Native American bride dies in childbirth. This sends his father, Richard Harris, on a journey to try and find another woman for his son. Exhibiting tragically limited imagination, the father returns to the traveling circus where he traded horses for the first woman, and he attempt a second bargain for the woman's sister. In the end, the sister must confront the dead woman's ghost, and we learn the dark secret of their past.
Phoenix is eerily convincing as the mad Talbot Roe, and Richard Harris is uncharacteristic low-key as the world-weary Prescott Roe. My only complaint is Dermot Mulroney who is miscast and unable to make his character's diction convincing.
Lions Gate. These folks are getting worse, more brazen in their lack of integrity. I mean, consider their cynical chop-and-dub job on the new release 'High Tension,' or their heavy promotion and wide distribution of garbage like 'House of 1000 Corpses' and 'Confidence' and simultaneous neglect of acclaimed films like 'Stevie' and 'May.'
The expense associated with giving consumers a 2.35:1 transfer is only marginally above that of a 1.33:1 transfer. The Lions Gate people are clearly bottom-line bean-counters who we must all hope will go bankrupt and disappear into a pile of ashes, if there's any justice in the world. Lot 47, Cowboy Pictures... it's the good guys who usually die, while rotters like Lions Gate live on with an undeserved longevity.
If that were not enough drama, it seems that dead wife number one won't stay dead as she haunts anyone who trespasses on her terrain. A theme of irony runs deep, especially as all the main characters end up with less than they had bargained for.
A case of the Wild West meets The Twilight Zone, with the emphasis on the latter.
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Most miserable movie I ever watched...Confusing.! Would TOTALLY not recommend it. Waste of moneyPublished 9 months ago by Helga Cloud
I admire the director and actors in this film but just couldn't get into it.Published 20 months ago by Jane Brunclik
I like all three of the actors and the potential for a good western story. The story just wandered and had no depth. Wouldn't buy thid DVD.Published on October 22, 2013 by Kermit
Silent Tongue, 1996 film
This story is set in 1873 (the time of an economic depression). We see objects suspended from a tree. Read more
I ordered it for a friend who wanted it for the " Red Clay Ramblers " blue grass band, who appear as the music on stage, and wrote the score, but I love the story. Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Thomas A. Owen Jr.
I love the movie . Saw it years ago when it was fairly new . I just can't undersatnd why I can't find this movie in widescreen . I know it exist cause I've looked it up before . Read morePublished on March 18, 2012 by Gerry Hodges Jr.