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FULL SYNOPSIS

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. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:February 25, 1994

Cast

Alan Bates
as Eamon McCree
Richard Harris
as Prescott Roe
Dermot Mulroney
as Reeves McCree
River Phoenix
as Talbot Roe
Sheila Tousey
as Awbonnie/Ghost
Jeri Arredondo
as Velada McCree
David Shiner
as Straight Man
Tantoo Cardinal
as Silent Tongue
Jack Herrick
as Medicine Show Band Performer
Arturo Gil
as Little Person Acrobat #1
Joseph S. Griffo
as Little Person Acrobat #2
Billy Beck
as Petrified Man
Fred Maio
as Owner
Timothy Scott
as The Lone Man
William Irwin
as Comic
Timothy Scott
as The Lone Man
Fred Maio
as Owner
Billy Beck
as Petrified Man
Arturo Gil
as Little Person Acrobat #1
Jack Herrick
as Medicine Show Band Performer
Joseph S. Griffo
as Little Person Acrobat #2

Crew

Sam Shepard
Director
Gene Rosow
Producer
Shep Gordon
Producer
Ludi Boeken
Producer
Bill Yahraus
Producer
Jacques Fansten
Producer
Carolyn Pfeiffer
Producer
Sam Shepard
Screenwriter
Jack Conroy
Cinematographer
Patrick O'Hearn
Composer (Music Score)
Bill Yahraus
Editor
John Frick
Production Designer
Cary White
Production Designer
Catherine Scheinman
Associate Producer
James Echerd
Costume Designer
Barbara Haberecht
Set Decorator
Van Broughton Ramsey
Costume Designer
John Stirber
Special Effects
Roberto "Tito" Blasini
Camera Operator
Stefanie Rosen
Camera Operator
Sally Jane Jackson
Casting
Jeffrey Schwan
Leadman
Susannah McCarthy
Assistant Production Coordinator
Marty Rubin
First Assistant Editor
Thomas Crawford
Grip
Taneia Lednicky
Costumes Supervisor
Joani Yarbrough
Hair Styles
Elizabeth Shull
Casting Associate
Rodger Pardee
Sound Editor
Bob Gorelick
Steadicam Operator
Gary Gegan
Re-Recording Mixer
Kristofer Lindquist
Production Assistant
Randy K. Singer
Foley Mixer
Holly Gent
Swing Gang
Gary Burritt
Negative Cutter
Bill Yahraus
Second Unit Director
Tal Meirson
Production Accountant
Richard Mosier
First Assistant Camera
Kim Aeby
Scenic Artist
Gina Fortunato
Production Coordinator
Gary A. Hecker
Foley Artist
Barbara Simpson
Location Manager
Jacobus Rose
Production Executive
Christopher Windisch
Carpenter
Celine Bertrand
Production Accountant
Stephen Mullen
Electrician
Robin Blagg
Carpenter
Gail Compeau
First Assistant Accountant
Wayne Elliott
Special Effects Assistant
Lee Fonvielle
First Assistant Editor
Stanford Gilbert
Assistant Properties
Paul Grindrod
Grip
Barbara Tuss
Script Supervisor
Michael Bennett
Unit Production Manager
Susumu Tokunow
Production Sound
Ben Zeller
Construction Coordinator
Ed Vega
Scenic Artist
Duncan Burns
Sound Editor
Robert Lorenz
Second Assistant Director
Patricia Frazier
Second Second Assistant Director
Rachel Aberly
Unit Publicist
Jeaneen Muckerman
Assistant Hair
Gary Farr
Still Photographer
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