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Silent Tongue (1992) [DVD]

Alan Bates , Richard Harris , Sam Shephard    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Alan Bates, Richard Harris, River Phoenix
  • Directors: Sam Shephard
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 23 July 2007
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RWDXC8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,373 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

River Phoenix stars in one of his last film roles as a broken hearted man whose half breed wife had died during childbirth. He feels his life can go on no more and is driven to the point of madness, as he keeps a vigil by the only one he loves.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine swansong 28 Jan 2008
An amazing film, beautifully filmed and supported by an cast of Hollywood's finest including Alan Bates and Richard Harris.I first saw this weeks after River's tragic death in late '93 at the London Film Festival and the audience was in awe throughout. River Phoenix steals the show in his most haunted and personal performance of an untimely short career. I would urge all Phoenix fans to purchase this as an essential addition to his fine back catalogue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sam Shepard's Silent Tongue. 16 Jan 2014
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There are plenty of reviews here which could sway readers into believing this is a terrible film. There is no point arguing about viewers specific personal preferences in any type or genre of cinema, only to say that Sam Shepard is a great American playwright, even before he was a well known actor, and in this film, it appears to me that he was greatly moved when he worked with Terrence Malick on DAYS OF HEAVEN back in the 1970's.

Now this is in no way a comparison between this film and any of the great films of Malick, but certainly visually and the way it presents a far from stereotyped vision of the American west, it must be said that this film is wonderful. Shepard has transferred his theatrical background into a travelling carnival, and this is the centre of everything that evolves into this films story. The story? Yes there is a story, but not a conventional one. This film is about grieving, and the madness of grieving and not be able to let go. It is also about revenge and the effect of loss not only on those who have lost someone, but those who inevitably will loose someone because of their actions. And yes, even I, who loves this film agrees with the criticism that Alan Bates' speech is slurred, but after all he is playing a drunken irish snake oil salesman, and it is his form of drunken guilt filled madness that makes his character so unlikeable. Both Richard Harris and the late River Phoenix are brilliant together as father and son. It is Harris' journey into his sons madness that makes this film so emotional. Jeri Arrendondo as the sister of Phoenix's deceased wife deserves special mention also as she is the thread that drives all the other characters actions.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Daft Surreal Western 19 April 2012
By RobbieC
This western starts well enough with good scenery and a travelling carnival show, but quickly goes downhill with a implausible story. Alan Bates' terrible accent is hard to make out when he's not talking nonsense. The ghost indian character is hard to tell if it's in the imagination or really there. Some of the the characters have no point as to be only weird, like the old man with the long nails or the guy pushing the wheelbarrow. Can't see which target audience they were aiming for with this one unfortunatly. Overall, one to avoid!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Silent Tongue 4 July 2013
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The story was a bit weak and very much into the spiritual side. I was rather hoping that is was going to offer more of a story.
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