Silent Tongue
Silent Tongue (1994)

Playwright Sam Shepard wrote and directed this bizarre combination of western film revisionism and Greek tragedy. Silent Tongue (Tantoo Cardinal) is a mute Kiowa who is raped by Eamon McCree (Alan Bates), the owner of the Kickapoo Traveling… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 1, 1994
DVD Release Date: May 3, 2005
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Glenn Kenny
Entertainment Weekly

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

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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TV Guide

Too often, the mystical mise-en-scene and strange doings are left to speak for themselves, as though Shepard hopes that his film will be assumed to be profound because it is incomprehensible.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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

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Todd McCarthy

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

Adrian Turner
Radio Times

Most viewers will wonder what the heck it all means.

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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Tom Charity
Time Out

Intriguing, then, but defiantly slow and awkward.

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Empire Magazine

With its cache of salt-of-the-earth actors, garrulously defining themselves against the endless plains, and the lean, otherworldly feel, Silent Tongue scores as a rewarding, idiosyncratic venture, even if it does become indecipherably surreal by the end.

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Leo L
Great film!!