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The Great Silence (1968)

Il grande silenzio (original title)
A mute gunfighter defends a young widow and a group of outlaws against a gang of bounty killers in the winter of 1898, and a grim, tense struggle unfolds.

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Gordon / Silence (as Jean Louis Trintignant)
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Frank Wolff ...
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Carlo D'Angelo ...
Governor of Utah (as Carlo D' Angelo)
Marisa Merlini ...
Maria Mizar ...
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Marisa Sally ...
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Raf Baldassarre ...
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Spartaco Conversi ...
Remo De Angelis ...
Fake Sheriff in Flashback
Mirella Pamphili ...
Saloon Girl
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Pauline Middleton (as Vonetta Mc Gee)
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Storyline

Bounty killers led by Loco prey on outlaws hiding out in the snowbound Utahn mountains. After Pauline's husband becomes Loco's latest victim, she hires a gunman for revenge; Silence, mute since his throat was cut when he was a boy. Written by Tom Seldon <elpuro@msn.com>

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Jean-Louis Trintignant had agreed to do the film in order to help out the producer, who was a friend of his. See more »

Goofs

When Sheriff Burnett inquires Silence about his C96, he refers to it as a "mechanical gun" (English version)/"machine gun" (Italian version). Although rapid-fire models of the C96 and its imitation models would eventually be made, none of them existed in 1898. Silence's model is a historically accurate semi-automatic model. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hunter: [after Silence has killed four other bounty killers] W-Wait! I-I surrender! Don't kill me! I-I won't do it again! I'm through with bounty hunting! Don't kill me, Silence!
[Silence shoots both of the man's thumbs off; the killer moans in pain]
Hunter: Damn you! You've... crippled my hands!
[tries to shoot Silence with his pistol, but is shot in the back by Miguel]
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An exceptional and striking western one could never have done in Hollywood
7 February 2001 | by (Pirkkala, Finland) – See all my reviews

This is among the very few films that make you truly disgusted by its violence; not because of the amount of blood as in many other films but because the victims of the bounty hunters are human beings, slaughtered brutally in front of their own family members. Corbucci has disguised this film as a piece of popular cinema, but gives us shocks once in a while, and finally surprises us completely in the unexpected end. This is how he makes his anti-violent message very clear, and it is easy to agree with him.

IL GRANDE SILENZIO is more pessimistic but also more human than any western by Leone or Peckinpah. It may not be a pleasant experience, but if you want to see a masterpiece of cinema instead of a traditional western, it is definitely worth waiting in line for.


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