Silent Tongue (1994)



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Movie Info

When his wife dies while in childbirth, a distraught man (River Phoenix) begins to lose his grip on reality. Hoping to stave off his son's madness, the husband's father (Richard Harris) attempts to locate the dead woman's sister as a replacement.

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Western, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Sam Shepard
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 3, 2005


as Talbot Roe

as Prescott Roe

as Eamon McCree

as Awbonnie/Ghost

as Reeves McCree

as Silent Tongue

as Comic

as Straight Man

as Velada McCree

as Red Clay Rambler

as Red Clay Rambler

as Red Clay Rambler

as Red Clay Rambler

as Red Clay Rambler

as 1st Little Person Ac...

as 2nd Little Person Ac...

as The Lone Man

as Boy Tap Dancer

as Kiowa Drummer

as Fire-Eater

as Contortionist

as Stage Coach Driver

as Buffalo Hunter

as Owner

as Easterner

as Easterner

as Easterner

as Prairie Girl

as The Lone Man
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Critic Reviews for Silent Tongue

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (9)

The lone lure of this supernatural Western is a truly possessed performance by River Phoenix in his last completed role.

Full Review… | April 21, 2015
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

An alternately infuriating and exhilarating example of the Western as an art film.

Full Review… | April 21, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A strangely satisfying and challenging piece of work, one that illustrates how elements of cinema, literature and theater can work in tandem, thanks to a recipe that is one part Poe and two parts Shakespeare.

Full Review… | April 21, 2015
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Something deep and allegorical could be going on here, but Silent Tongue is at once so overwrought and desert-dull that you can't be bothered to investigate.

Full Review… | April 21, 2015
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

A bizarre, meandering and, finally, maddening mystical oater that will find few partisans.

Full Review… | April 12, 2011
Top Critic

Intriguing, then, but defiantly slow and awkward.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Silent Tongue

Great film!!

Leo L

Super Reviewer


The ending wasn't the greatest and I didn't understand how her face on her body was so pretty but the spirits face wasn't.

Kayla Sullinger

I had low expectations for this film and cringed when the Native American characters showed up. Though the film is not that bad. Sam Shepard did a pretty decent job.

Dee Loren

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