- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 41 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 3, 2005
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: Lions Gate
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Closed Captioned - English
- Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 - English
- Subtitles - English - optional
- Additional Release Material:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 02/25/1994
"...Eerie, inventive, poetic....Uncompromisingly good..."
Los Angeles Times - 02/25/1994
"...[Harris and Bates] are absolutely splendid, indeed possessed of Shakespearean grandeur....SILENT TONGUE has a sophisticated concern for textures and authentic details..."
A surreal western directed by playwright/actor Sam Shepard. Taking place on the desolate untamed Llano Estacado in 1873, a young half-Native American is stolen from her drunken white father by desperate cowboy, Prescott Roe, who wants her for his grief-stricken son, Talbot, whose wife has died. With the father and his son in hot pursuit, Roe brings the woman to his son, who must reconcile the past with the present before accepting the beautiful half-breed.
When a young man is lost in grief over the death of his Indian bride, his father sets out across the prairies of the Old West to find the only person he believes can break the evil spell - the girl's sister.
- Released theatrically in the USA February 25, 1994.
- Last screen appearance for actor River Phoenix, who died in 1993.
- Additional cast: Jeri Arridondo and David Shiner.
- Additional credits: David Atherton (makeup artist); Joani Yarbrough (haristylist)
- Color by DeLuxe; shot in Anamorphic on location in New Mexico.
- Rated BBFC 12 by the British Board of Film Classification.
- Copyright 1992 Le Studio Canal+.