The Great Silence

A mute gunslinger fights in the defense of a group of outlaws and a vengeful young widow, against a group of ruthless bounty hunters.

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Film Cast:

  • Silence: Jean-Louis Trintignant
  • Loco (Tigrero): Klaus Kinski
  • Sheriff Burnett: Frank Wolff
  • Pollicut: Luigi Pistilli
  • Pauline: Vonetta McGee
  • Martin: Mario Brega
  • Governor: Carlo D’Angelo
  • Regina: Marisa Merlini
  • Blonde Saloon girl: Maria Mizar
  • Black-Haired Saloon Girl: Marisa Sally
  • Sanchez: Raf Baldassarre
  • Walter: Spartaco Conversi
  • Fake Sheriff in Flashback: Remo De Angelis
  • Red-Haired Saloon Girl in Flashback: Mirella Pamphili
  • Outlaw: Fortunato Arena
  • Man in Saloon: Giulio Baraghini
  • Poker player: Gino Barbacane
  • Charlie: Bruno Corazzari
  • Miguel: Jacques Dorfmann
  • Jack: Paolo Figlia
  • Silence’s Mother in Flashback: Adriana Giuffrè
  • Outlaw: Rocco Lerro
  • Silence as a boy: Loris Loddi
  • Hunter: Mauro Mannatrizio
  • Hunter: William Mayor
  • Silence’s Father in Flashback: Emilio Messina
  • Coachman: Benito Pacifico
  • Governor’s Assistant: Fulvio Pellegrino
  • Barman: Mimmo Poli
  • Al’s Deputy: Aldo Ralli
  • Hunter: Claudio Ruffini
  • Child: Giulia Salvatori
  • Miguel’s Mother: Pupita Lea Scuderoni
  • Governor’s Assistant: Lorenzo Terzon
  • Hunter: Bruno Ukmar
  • Hunter: Clemente Ukmar
  • Hunter: Franco Ukmar
  • Hunter: Giovanni Ukmar
  • Poker Player (uncredited): Gianni Di Segni

Film Crew:

  • Original Music Composer: Ennio Morricone
  • Special Effects: Eros Bacciucchi
  • Assistant Editor: Amedeo Salfa
  • Costume Design: Enrico Job
  • Producer: Robert Dorfmann
  • Conductor: Bruno Nicolai
  • Director: Sergio Corbucci
  • Screenplay: Mario Amendola
  • Director of Photography: Silvano Ippoliti
  • Screenplay: Bruno Corbucci
  • Screenplay: Vittoriano Petrilli
  • Camera Operator: Enrico Sasso
  • Art Direction: Riccardo Domenici
  • Camera Operator: Renato Doria
  • Producer: Attilio Riccio
  • Makeup Artist: Lamberto Marini
  • Assistant Director: Filiberto Fiaschi
  • Sound Recordist: Romano Pampaloni
  • Production Manager: Marcello Papaleo
  • Hairstylist: Marcella De Marzi
  • Stunts: Bruno Ukmar
  • Production Supervisor: Giovanni A. Giurgola
  • Set Decoration: Enrico Simi
  • Camera Operator: Eugenio Saluzzi

Movie Reviews:

  • John Chard: For all I know he is the devil.

    The Great Silence is directed by Sergio Corbucci and Corbucci co- writes the screenplay with Mario Amendola, Bruno Corbucci and Vittoriano Petrilli. It stars Jean-Louis Trintignant, Klaus Kinski, Frank Wolff, Luigi Pistilli, Vonetta McGee and Mario Brega. Music is by Ennio Morricone and cinematography by Silvano Ippoliti.

    Snowhill, Utah – Winter at the turn of the century, and the local villagers have succumbed to thievery purely to survive. But with that comes bounties on their heads, which brings into the area the bounty hunters who are a law unto themselves. Enter the mute gunfighter known as Silence, who has a deep rooted hatred of bounty hunters…

    Something of a cult classic and massively popular in Spaghetti Western fan’s circles, The Great Silence is as perpetually cold as the snowy landscapes that surround this tale. Death is a financial commodity, greed and corruption stalks the land, while the shades between right and wrong are as blurry as can be. The violence cuts deep, none more so than with the famous finale that closes down the pic with a pneumatic thud. The photography captures the winter scapes perfectly and is in tune with the narrative drive, while maestro Morricone lays a ethereal musical score over proceedings.

    There’s some daft goofs such as a dead man blinking and manacles that mysteriously disappear, and not all the acting is of the standard that Kinski and Wolff provide, but this is one utterly unforgettable bowl of Spaghetti. Its reputation in the pasta circles well deserved. 8/10

  • Wuchak: _**Killers in the snow of the (Italian) Old West**_

    In 1898, a mute gunfighter called Silence (Jean-Louis Trintignant) comes to a snowy town in northern Utah where ruthless bounty hunters clash with fugitives in the hills. He accepts a job from a widow (Vonetta McGee) to take out Loco (Klaus Kinski), the man who slew her husband.

    Directed & co-written by Sergio Corbucci, “The Great Silence” (1968) ranks with the better Spaghetti Westerns due to several highlights: The awesome snowy setting, a moving score by Ennio Morricone, the silent protagonist, the uniquely beautiful Vonetta McGee (a rare black woman in a prominent role in an old Western), the dastardly villain played by Kinski and the shocking climax. It influenced future Westerns, like “The Claim” (2000) and “The Hateful Eight” (2015).

    As with most Italian Westerns from back then, the English dubbing is serviceable at best. The only issue I have on this front is the voice used for Kinski’s character, which seems incongruous.

    The movie runs 1 hour, 45 minutes, and was shot about 15 miles from the border of Austria in northeastern Italy (San Cassiano & Cortina d’Ampezzo), as well as the flashback done at Bracciano Lake, Rome, with other stuff done in Elios Studios, Rome.

    GRADE: B+

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