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Silver City (2004)

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Original Title : Silver City
Director : John Sayles
Writer : John Sayles
Genre : Drama
Mystery/Thriller
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Suzanne Ceresko , Maggie Renzi , Sam Tedesco
Music : Mason Daring
Photography : Haskell Wexler
Distributor : Bir Film
MPAA Rating : Rated R for language.
IMDB ID : 0376890
Official site : http://www.dickiepilager2004.com
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Starring

Chris Cooper Dickie Pilager
Richard Dreyfuss Chuck Raven
Danny Huston Danny O'Brien
Michael Murphy Senator Judson Pilager
Kris Kristofferson Wes Benteen
Daryl Hannah Maddy Pilager
Thora Birch Karen Cross
James Gammon Sheriff Joe Skaggs
Sal Lopez Tony Guerra
Alma Delfina Lupe Montoya
Tim Roth Mitch Paine
Mary Kay Place Grace Seymour
Charles Mitchell Henry
Maria Bello Nora Allardyce
Roslyn Washington Hilary
Cajardo Lindsey Lloyd
David Clennon Mort Seymour
Jan Van Sickle Reporter
Miguel Ferrer Cliff Castleton
Denis Berkfeldt Reverend Tubbs
Billy Zane Chandler Tyson
Patty Calhoun Reporter
Maggie Roswell Ellie Hastings
Paul Rohrer Phil Ross
Rich Beall Freddy Mondragon (as Richard Beall
Mare Trevathan Phillpott Rebecca Zeller (as Mare Trevathan Philpott
David Russell Foreman
Luis Saguar Vince Esparza
Benjamin Kroger Deputy Davis
Gary Sirchia Preacher
John C. Ashton Director
Ralph Waite Casey Lyle
Elizabeth Rainer Leslie
Rodney Lizcano Yanez
Stephen Brackett Dewey Jr.
Donevon Martinez Lazaro Huerta
Aaron Vieyra Fito
Hugo E. Carbajal Rafi
Michael Shalhoub Leo
Amie MacKenzie Marcy
Larry Gallegos Contreras
James Aidan McCaffrey Newscaster (voice
 

Plot

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.
 

Comments

A contemporary curiosity, 3 October 2004 Author: John DeSando (jdesando@columbus.rr.com) from Columbus, Ohio What film depicts corrupt politicians and businessmen controlling a vast local resource but enduring a sometimes-hapless yet attractive detective investigating a murder involving those community leaders? If you said 'Chinatown,' you'd be correct, if you said 'Silver City,' you'd also be correct. There are other similarities such as both have stars with last names Huston, and justice is long coming. Beyond that, there is no qualitative similarity: Roman Polanski's 'Chinatown' is a classic, John Sayles' 'Silver City' is a contemporary curiosity.'Contemporary' because the liberal Sayles writes and directs about a political campaign for the governorship of Colorado that barely disguises its protagonists as George Bush (Chris Cooper) and Karl Rove (Richard Dreyfuss) knockoffs. Cooper's candidate has halting, incomplete, and scripted sentences, undoubtedly the speech patterns of Bush. The manipulative and effective machinations of Dreyfuss's operative are patently those of the infamous Bush campaign mastermind. The story and dialogue are undistinguished, as if they count on the audience to be mesmerized by the broad parallels to the 2004 campaign. (See 'Primary Colors' for wit and grit about the Clinton campaign, starring John Travolta.) Although Danny Huston (son of John and brother of Angelica) is a lesser Jack Nicholson, his easy-going persona works well for a detective who constantly gets himself into trouble rather than his clients out of it.The comparison to Michael Moore's documentary 'Fahrenheit 911' is inevitable. The heavy-handedness of 'Silver' makes Moore's work look almost subtle, yet Sayles must be praised for his dissenting voice in parlous times for free speech. Sayles is more successful in weaving the intricate patterns of corruption in 'City of Hope', here he seems more like Moore in an overt attempt to topple a sitting president. Sayles's 'Lone Star' is more believable, and that's about incest. John, Viscount Morley in 'Rousseau' wrote, 'Those who would treat politics and morality apart will never understand the one or the other.'These filmmakers understand both in varying degrees of success.