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Silver City (2004)



Critic Consensus: Heavy-handed and often dull.

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Celebrated writer and director John Sayles turns his eye to politics in America in this drama. The son of respected Colorado politician Senator Jud Pilager (Michael Murphy), Dicky Pilager (Chris Cooper) is a charming but half-bright man with a bad habit of mangling the English language and a decided lack of political correctness. Dicky is also in the midst of a hard-fought campaign to become governor of Colorado. Dicky's campaign manager, Chuck Raven (Richard Dreyfuss), is a ruthless sort who will leave no stone unturned to see that his candidate wins, so when Dicky snags a dead body while fishing during the shooting of a campaign commercial, Raven is determined to find out if his man has been set up. Raven hires Danny O'Brien (Danny Huston), a former journalist turned private investigator, to find out who the dead man is and if he might be connected to Pilager's enemies. But the deeper O'Brien digs into the matter, the more he finds out about the candidate and his family -- and very little of it is flattering. John Sayles assembled a typically impressive cast for Silver City, with the supporting cast highlighted by Tim Roth, Kris Kristofferson, Maria Bello, Thora Birch, Daryl Hannah, Billy Zane, and Mary Kay Place.

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Chris Cooper
as Dickie Pilager
Michael Murphy
as Senator Judson Pilager
Richard Dreyfuss
as Chuck Raven
Danny Huston
as Danny O'Brien
Miguel Ferrer
as Cliff Castleton
Ralph Waite
as Casey Lyle
Daryl Hannah
as Maddy Pilager
Kris Kristofferson
as Wes Benteen
Tim Roth
as Mitch Paine
Mary Kay Place
as Grace Seymour
Maria Bello
as Nora Allardyce
David Clennon
as Mort Seymour
Billy Zane
as Chandler Tyson
Sal Lopez
as Tony Guerra
James Gammon
as Joe Skaggs
Thora Birch
as Karen Cross
Luis Saguar
as Vince Esparza
Alma Delfina
as Lupe Montoya
Aaron Vieyra
as Frito Lopez
Hugo Carbajal
as Rafi Quinones
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Critic Reviews for Silver City

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (42)

Sayles must have felt the need to weigh in on the last election. But if he was going to do it, a little more planning, writing -- and especially casting -- would have helped.

November 19, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

The plot of Silver City is movieish in the extreme, with filthy abandoned mines subbing for the bars and alleys of urban noir, but it's no more than mild cheese.

October 6, 2004

Though there's nothing wrong with moral outrage, it doesn't always aid the telling of a complex story. More subtlety might have worked better.

September 30, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Sayles has assembled a large, eclectic, talented cast.

September 23, 2004 | Rating: B

Sayles' prolix narrative, weighed down with subplots and characters and canvassing many social ills, dilutes the impact of a work that should nevertheless still make an impact on thoughtful viewers.

September 22, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Long, windy, diffuse in its message and blunt in its satire.

September 22, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Silver City


There's no doubt that John Sayles has made better films than "Silver City", but that doesn't mean that his film is inferior. No, it has a great deal to offer, such as a top-notch cast, clever writing, and spot-on editing. The film's pacing and inconsistent camerawork may try the patience of some, but there is an engaging story here.

Stephen Earnest
Stephen Earnest

Super Reviewer


Nice satire and goofy imitation of W moving up in politics.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer


When watching this film and you see the great Chris Cooper playing a dim-witted politician, you won't be able to help relating it to real life. But this movie goes beyond satirising our incompetent President, it goes beyond just dark's making a social statement on different levels. The environmental issue is brought up; as well as ethics and corrupt campaign processes, feelings toward undocumented individuals as well as family dysfuntion issues. The great ensemble cast helps bring many different opinions into perspective through different characters who go through different things and are all at different stages of their respective emotional and spiritual breakdowns. At first view, the movie might seem pointless and contrived, but give it a second chance or at least let it sink in for a day or two before you decide that it sucked for you! Daryl Hannah delivers a very understated, yet very fuc&ed-up performance! That's a good thing for her!

Rico Zamora
Rico Zamora

Super Reviewer

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