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Silver City - Chris Cooper, Richard Dreyfuss, Billy Zane, John Sayles

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Vote Richard Pilager: the best government money can buy.

From John Sayles, one of the essential, iconoclastic voices of American independent cinema, comes Silver City, a film that is equal parts scathing political lampoon and sun-stunned neo-noir detective story.

Set against the backdrop of a mythic "New West," Silver City follows grammatically-challenged, "user-friendly" candidate Dicky Pilager (Chris Cooper), scapegrace scion of Colorado's venerable Senator Jud Pilager (Murphy), 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 (Richard Dreyfuss), hires former idealistic journalist turned rumpled private detective Danny O'Brien (Danny Huston) to investigate potential links between the corpse and the Pilager family's enemies. In the tradition of the great films noir, 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.

With pitch-perfect dialogue, unerring sense-of-place, and a slashing satiric strain, Silver City offers John Sayles' timely and toxic look at the state of the union on the eve of the 2004 Presidential election.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film drama politics election candidate crime enemy private detective investigation scandal

Persons of interest

  • Chris Cooper .... Dickie Pilager
  • Richard Dreyfuss .... Chuck Raven
  • Cajardo Lindsey .... Lloyd
  • Elizabeth Rainer .... Leslie
  • Donevon Martinez .... Lazaro Huerta
  • James Gammon .... Sheriff Joe Skaggs
  • Benjamin Kroger .... Deputy Davis
  • Charles Mitchell .... Henry
  • Danny Huston .... Danny O'Brien
  • Alma Delfina .... Lupe Montoya
  • Roslyn Washington .... Hilary
  • David Clennon .... Mort Seymour
  • Mary Kay Place .... Grace Seymour
  • Tim Roth .... Mitch Paine
  • Thora Birch .... Karen Cross
  • Maria Bello .... Nora Allardyce
  • Miguel Ferrer .... Cliff Castleton
  • Denis Berkfeldt .... Reverend Tubbs
  • Billy Zane .... Chandler Tyson
  • Maggie Roswell .... Ellie Hastings
  • Paul Rohrer .... Phil Ross
  • Rich Beall .... Freddy Mondragon
  • Daryl Hannah .... Maddy Pilager
  • John Sayles .... Screenwriter
  • John Sayles .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • Silver City official movie site
  • Silver City film production notes
  • Silver City movie trailers:
    • QuickTime
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  • Studios and distributors:
    • 21st Century Pictures

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report


Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: AC-3 Stereo Sound
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: 16:9 Widescreen
  • Special features:
    • Trailers: Upcoming releases

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level coarse language, low level violence)

Surveillance time

112 minutes (1:52 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD rental: 25 May 2005
VHS rental: 25 May 2005

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