Silver City

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Heavy-handed and often dull.

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Celebrated writer and director John Sayles turns his eye to politics in America in this drama. The son of respected Colorado politician Senator Jud Pilager (Michael Murphy), Dicky Pilager (Chris Cooper) is a charming but half-bright man with a bad habit of mangling the English language and a decided lack of political correctness. Dicky is also in the midst of a hard-fought campaign to become governor of Colorado. Dicky's campaign manager, Chuck Raven (Richard Dreyfuss), is a ruthless sort who will leave no stone unturned to see that his candidate wins, so when Dicky snags a dead body while fishing during the shooting of a campaign commercial, Raven is determined to find out if his man has been set up. Raven hires Danny O'Brien (Danny Huston), a former journalist turned private investigator, to find out who the dead man is and if he might be connected to Pilager's enemies. But the deeper O'Brien digs into the matter, the more he finds out about the candidate and his family -- and very little of it is flattering. John Sayles assembled a typically impressive cast for Silver City, with the supporting cast highlighted by Tim Roth, Kris Kristofferson, Maria Bello, Thora Birch, Daryl Hannah, Billy Zane, and Mary Kay Place.

Cast

Chris Cooper
as Dickie Pilager
Michael Murphy
as Senator Judson Pilager
Richard Dreyfuss
as Chuck Raven
Danny Huston
as Danny O'Brien
Miguel Ferrer
as Cliff Castleton
Ralph Waite
as Casey Lyle
Daryl Hannah
as Maddy Pilager
Kris Kristofferson
as Wes Benteen
Tim Roth
as Mitch Paine
Mary Kay Place
as Grace Seymour
Maria Bello
as Nora Allardyce
David Clennon
as Mort Seymour
Billy Zane
as Chandler Tyson
Sal Lopez
as Tony Guerra
James Gammon
as Joe Skaggs
Thora Birch
as Karen Cross
Luis Saguar
as Vince Esparza
Alma Delfina
as Lupe Montoya
Aaron Vieyra
as Frito Lopez
Hugo Carbajal
as Rafi Quinones
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Critic Reviews for Silver City

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (62) | Rotten (66)

  • Sayles must have felt the need to weigh in on the last election. But if he was going to do it, a little more planning, writing -- and especially casting -- would have helped.

    November 19, 2004 | Rating: 2/5
  • The plot of Silver City is movieish in the extreme, with filthy abandoned mines subbing for the bars and alleys of urban noir, but it's no more than mild cheese.

    October 6, 2004

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • Though there's nothing wrong with moral outrage, it doesn't always aid the telling of a complex story. More subtlety might have worked better.

    September 30, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Claudia Puig

    USA Today
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  • Sayles has assembled a large, eclectic, talented cast.

    September 23, 2004 | Rating: B
  • Sayles' prolix narrative, weighed down with subplots and characters and canvassing many social ills, dilutes the impact of a work that should nevertheless still make an impact on thoughtful viewers.

    September 22, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Long, windy, diffuse in its message and blunt in its satire.

    September 22, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Silver City

  • Mar 11, 2012
    There's no doubt that John Sayles has made better films than "Silver City", but that doesn't mean that his film is inferior. No, it has a great deal to offer, such as a top-notch cast, clever writing, and spot-on editing. The film's pacing and inconsistent camerawork may try the patience of some, but there is an engaging story here.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2009
    Although I appreciate the efforts to implore the audience to see George Dubya in Chris Cooper's character, it's all a little too obvious. Not to mention the rest of the acting is sort of horrible at times and it's too long. It also seems more like a made for TV movie than a feature film.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2008
    Tries hard, but doesn't come to much.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2008
    not hugely entertaining but with it being very intelligent it holds your interest right up until the end credits. chris cooper was brilliant as the candidate for senator. kinda reminds you of george bush when you see him speaking in public. must've modelled himself on the very man. there's some very individual characters such as daryl hannahs maddy pilager, sister of coopers character who is really a bit mad and dangerous with her bow and arrow. i think alot of people simply didn't get this or didn't want to get it due to it's runtime and pace put together. i'd say watch this when you've got some time on your hands. it needs your full attention to be appreciated
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer

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