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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IN LOS ANGELES ON FEBRUARY 25TH FROM TRIMARK PICTURES
SILENT TONGUE, the second film written and directed by Sam Shepard, will open in exclusive engagements in Los Angeles and New York on February 25th. In Los Angeles SILENT TONGUE will open at the Cineplex, Beverly Centre. SILENT TONGUE, a Trimark Pictures release, stars Richard Harris, Alan Bates, Dermot Mulroney and, in his last performance, River Phoenix.
Set against the emptiness of the Western desert, in the middle of the last century, SILENT TONGUE concerns two fathers whose families collide with all the force of a Greek tragedy: Eamon McCree (Bates), who has fathered two daughters by the Indian woman, SILENT TONGUE (Tantoo Cardinal), has sold the elder, Awbonnie (Sheila Tousey) to Prescott Roe (Harris) as a wife for his son Talbot (Phoenix). When Awbonnie dies in childbirth, Talbot goes mad with grief and Prescott is forced to kidnap her sister in an attempt to comfort his son. MacCree and his son, Reeves (Mulroney), give chase. But before these four men can deal with each other, they must first reckon with the angry ghost of Awbonnie -- a powerful spirit with a fearful score to settle.
Hailed by Newsweek magazine as "America's Cowboy Laureate" and long acknowledged as the finest playwright of his generation, Pulitzer-prize winner Shepard has invested SILENT TONGUE with his customary vision of America -- a vision that is at once mythic, surreal, and profoundly tragic. A haunting examination of the hopes and failures of the American West, SILENT TONGUE is Shepard at his most distinctive and disturbing.
Trimark Pictures presents SILENT TONGUE written and directed by Sam Shepard, starring Richard Harris, Alan Bates, River Phoenix and Dermot Mulroney with Sheila Tousey, Jeri Arredondo and Tantoo Cardinal as "SILENT TONGUE." Also featuring Bill Irwin, David Shiner and The Red Clay Ramblers. Produced by Carolyn Pfeiffer and Ludi Boeken. Executive produced by Jacques Fansten, Gene Rosow, Bill Yahraus, and Shep Gordon.
River Phoenix and Jeri Arredondo in Sam Shepard's "Silent Tongue."