Glenn Kenny
July 08, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Silent Tongue

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Alan Bates, Richard Harris, River Phoenix, Dermot Mulroney
director
Sam Shepard
author
Sam Shepard
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Western

We gave it an C

The lone lure of this supernatural Western is a truly possessed performance by River Phoenix in his last completed role. And while Richard Harris has been doing good work of late, his teaming with fellow Englishman Alan Bates seems to have inspired some recidivist scenery chewing. Auteur Sam Shepard tries mightily but is too inexperienced in the director’s chair to give Silent Tongue‘s tale of death, revenge, and madness the visual flair it cries out for. C

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