The Great Silence

Directed by Sergio Corbucci
Film Movement Classics
1968
105 Minutes
Italy, France
Italian, English
Western, Classics, Action, Thriller
Not Rated

On an unforgiving, snow swept frontier, a group of bloodthirsty bounty hunters, led by the vicious Loco (Klaus Kinski Nosferatu, For a Few Dollars More) prey on a band of persecuted outlaws who have taken to the hills. As the price on each head is collected one-by-one, only a mute gunslinger named Silence (Jean-Louis Trintignant The Conformist) stands between the innocent refuges and the greed and corruption that the bounty hunters represent. But, in this harsh, brutal world, the lines between right and wrong aren't always clear and good doesn't always triumph. Featuring superb photography and a haunting score from maestro Ennio Morricone, director Sergio Corbucci's bleak, brilliant and violent vision of an immoral, honorless west is widely considered to be among the very best and most influential Euro-Westerns ever made.

Director & Cast

  • Director: Sergio Corbucci
  • Starring: Klaus Kinski
  • Starring: Jean-Louis Trintignant
  • Starring: Vonetta McGee
  • Starring: Frank Wolff
  • Starring: Luigi Pistilli
  • Starring: Mario Brega

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  • "The greatest spaghetti Western ever made."
    Alex Cox, director of Sid & Nancy and Repo Man
  • "A gorgeous and bleak antithesis to what Hollywood was doing at the time, Sergio Corbucci’s The Great Silence is one of the all-time great Italian westerns, and truly one of the best westerns ever made. If you didn’t get a chance to catch this on a big screen when it was making the rounds last year, be sure to grab Film Movement Classics’ striking 50th anniversary 2K restored Blu-ray, which sparkles. Bonus features on the disc include an Alex Cox tribute to the film, as well as an original 1968 documentary on the genre, plus two alternate endings, a booklet with an essay, and more. I can finally retire my Fantoma DVD edition for this superior release."
    David J. Moore, The Action Elite
  • "...the director at his most artful and daring."
    Kyle Anderson, Nerdist News
  • "Brutal, bleakly beautiful spaghetti Western filmed on stark locations in the Dolomites, with one of the most uncompromising and unforgettable finales ever filmed."
    Leonard Maltin