Silent Tongue

Overview

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 Medicine Show. Eamon attempts to make up for his crime by marrying her, hoping for forgiveness. Instead, Silent Tongue enacts a bitter retribution through her two daughters, Awbonnie Sheila Tousey and Velada Jeri Arredondo. Awbonnie, as the film begins, has already died, but her ...
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Overview

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 Medicine Show. Eamon attempts to make up for his crime by marrying her, hoping for forgiveness. Instead, Silent Tongue enacts a bitter retribution through her two daughters, Awbonnie Sheila Tousey and Velada Jeri Arredondo. Awbonnie, as the film begins, has already died, but her grieving husband Talbot River Phoenix refuses to let her go, dragging around her corpse. To assuage Talbot, his father Prescott Richard Harris sets out to purchase Velada from Eamon, thinking that only Awbonnie's sister can replace her in Talbot's eyes. But Velada's half-brother Reeves Dermot Mulroney protests the attempted transaction. As a result, Prescott kidnaps Velada and flees, with not only Reeves and Eamon chasing him, but also Awbonnie's ghost.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/3/2005
  • UPC: 031398174882
  • Original Release: 1994
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 38,858

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Bates Eamon McCree
Richard Harris Prescott Roe
Dermot Mulroney Reeves McCree
River Phoenix Talbot Roe
Sheila Tousey Awbonnie/Ghost
Tantoo Cardinal Silent Tongue
Jeri Arredondo Velada McCree
David Shiner Straight Man
Red Clay Ramblers
Tommy Thompson Medicine Show Band Performer
Jack Herrick Medicine Show Band Performer
Arturo Gil Little Person Acrobat #1
Joseph S. Griffo Little Person Acrobat #2
Billy Beck Petrified Man
Fred Maio Owner
Lynn Davis Prairie Girl
Timothy Scott The Lone Man
William Irwin Comic
Technical Credits
Sam Shepard Director, Screenwriter
Micki Dahn Akard Stunts
David Atherton Makeup
James "Scotty" Augare Stunts
Roberto "Tito" Blasini Camera Operator
Ludi Boeken Producer
Duncan Burns Sound Editor
Matthew J. Clark Asst. Director
Jack Conroy Cinematographer
James Echerd Costumes/Costume Designer
John Edwards-Younger Sound Editor
Jacques Fansten Producer
John Frick Production Designer
Shep Gordon Producer
Jeffrey P. Greeley Camera Operator
Pat Judge Hall Stunts
Jerelyn J. Harding Sound Editor
Chris Hayes Camera Operator
Sally Jane Jackson Casting
Shelly Bird Matthews Stunts
Patrick O'Hearn Score Composer
Lauren Palmer Sound Editor
Rodger Pardee Sound Editor
Carolyn Pfeiffer Producer
Van Broughton Ramsey Costumes/Costume Designer
Stefanie Rosen Camera Operator
Gene Rosow Producer
Catherine Scheinman Associate Producer
John Stirber Special Effects
Michael Sullivan Production Designer
Sully Sullivan Art Director
John Joseph Thomas Sound Editor
Dan Turrett Camera Operator
Cary White Production Designer
Bill Yahraus Editor, Producer
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