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Silver City (2004)

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The discovery of a corpse threatens to unravel a bumbling local politician's campaign for governor of Colorado.

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John Sayles

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Cooper ... Dickie Pilager
Richard Dreyfuss ... Chuck Raven
Cajardo Lindsey ... Lloyd
John C. Ashton John C. Ashton ... Director
Elizabeth Rainer Elizabeth Rainer ... Leslie
Donevon Martinez Donevon Martinez ... Lazaro Huerta
James Gammon ... Sheriff Joe Skaggs
Benjamin Kroger ... Deputy Davis
Charles Mitchell Charles Mitchell ... Henry
Danny Huston ... Danny O'Brien
Alma Delfina ... Lupe Montoya
Roslyn Washington Roslyn Washington ... Hilary
David Clennon ... Mort Seymour
Mary Kay Place ... Grace Seymour
Tim Roth ... Mitch Paine
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Set against the backdrop of a mythic "New West," a satire that follows grammatically-challenged, "user-friendly" candidate Dicky Pilager, scapegrace scion of Colorado's venerable Senator Jud Pilager, during his gubernatorial campaign. When Pilager finds that he's reeled in a corpse during the taping of an environmental political ad, his ferocious campaign manager, Chuck Raven, hires former idealistic journalist turned rumpled private detective Danny O'Brien to investigate potential links between the corpse and the Pilager family's enemies. Danny's investigation pulls him deeper and deeper into a complex web of influence and corruption, involving high stakes lobbyists, media conglomerates, environmental plunderers, and undocumented migrant workers. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 September 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Em Campanha See more »

Filming Locations:

Colorado, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$337,484, 19 September 2004

Gross USA:

$1,020,656

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,384,395
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Chris Cooper and Thora Birch previously appeared in American Beauty (1999). See more »

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When Danny is splashing in the mine, the type of flashlight he is holding changes several times. See more »

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Ad Spokesman: Richard Pilager cares about Colorado.
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Referenced in Tell Them Who You Are (2004) See more »

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Blue Moon Revisited
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Worth Seeing for Individual Performances
19 October 2004 | by julie-117See all my reviews

Yes, Sayles is over-ambitious in this movie and lectures us about too many things. But Silver City is worth seeing just for the wonderful individual performances of its actors. Chris Cooper is dead-on in his imitation of Dubya. He conveys privileged arrogance, impatience, mangled English and downright cluelessness. Alongside Cooper's work stand the performances of Kris Kristoffersen (how does he manage to be so soft-spoken and so threatening at the same time?)and the wonderful Ralph Waite (the quintessential American actor.) Also great performances from Tim Roth as the radical blogger, James Gammon as the Sheriff and Sal Lopez as a Mexican cook. But do other people think Danny Huston was miscast as the main character, Danny O'Brien? He seemed so "aw-shucks" goofy and dumb much of the time. Plus, was he made up to look like Mike Connors in Mannix or what? That 50's hairstyle was WEIRD. Now Tim Roth, HE looked and acted like a burnt-out radical reporter. The problem goes right back to the writing - Sayles is just trying to say way too much in this movie, and we get long lectures (instead of good storytelling) about land-developers, dirty politicians, immigrant abuse, pollution, journalistic ethics, corporate America, dysfunctional dynastic families, recreational substance abuse, casual sex, broken hearts - the list goes on and on. Lone Star was much more focused, and the relationship in that movie between Sheriff Sam Deeds and his Hispanic lover, Pilar, became a metaphor for the strange & symbiotic & incestuous relationship between Mexico and the U.S. Lone Star had the same great individual performances Silver City has, but it trusted its audience to be more intelligent and "get it" without hammering us over the head with the message. If you have the chance to see Silver City, definitely see it - the acting is wonderful. But expect a flawed movie.


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