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Grande silenzio, Il

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Il grande silenzio (Italy, France 1968 / Director: Sergio Corbucci)

  • Runtime: 105 min
  • Release date: 19.11.1968

Also known as

The Great Silence (U.S.A.) | Leichen pflastern seinen Weg (Germany) | O Grande Silencio (Portugal) | O silencio da morte (Brazil) | O Vingador Silencioso (Brazil) | Człowiek zwany Ciszą (Poland) | Suuri hiljaisuus (Finland) | Suuri hiljainen (Finland) | Den tyste hämnaren (Sweden) | O ekdikitis tou diavolou (Greece) | El Gran Silencio (Argentina) | Le grand silence (France) | The Big Silence

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant (Silenzio/Silence), Klaus Kinski (Tigrero/Loco), Vonetta McGee (Pauline Middleton), Frank Wolff (Sheriff Gideon Burnett), Luigi Pistilli (Henry Pollicut), Mario Brega (Martin), Carlo D'Angelo (Governor of Utah), Marisa Merlini (Regina), Maria Mizar, Marisa Salli, Raf Baldassarre (Sanchez/Schultz), Spartaco Conversi (Walter), Remo De Angelis (false sheriff), Mirella Pamphili (saloon girl), Fortunato Arena (outlaw), Bruno Corazzari (Charlie), Loris Loddi (Silence as a boy), Benito Pacifico (stagecoach driver), Mimmo Poli (barman), Claudio Ruffini (bounty killer), Luciano Rossi (bounty killer), Giulia Salvatori (child on sled), Jacques Toulouse
  • Story: Sergio Corbucci
  • Screenplay: Sergio Corbucci, Vittoriano Petrilli, Mario Amendola, Bruno Corbucci
  • Cinematography: Silvano Ippoliti (Eastmancolor 1,66:1)
  • Music Ennio Morricone
  • Producer: Sergio Corbucci


Silence (Jean-Louis Trintignant) is a mute gunfighter with a sense for justice. He is hired by a woman whose husband has been killed to take revenge on Loco (Klaus Kinski), one of the bounty hunters hired to hunt down homeless poormen around Snow Hill. A new sheriff (Frank Wolff) and the local judge (Luigi Pistilli) make the matter a little complicated.


Italian filmmaker Sergio Corbucci directed this serious-minded populist spin on the spaghetti western, starring Jean-Louis Trintignant as Silence, whose vocal cords have been slashed by sadistic bounty-hunters. Silence joins with local hillfolk in fighting the corrupt and tyrannical authorities in the town of Snow Hill. Corbucci's sympathies are clearly with his bandit heroes, who are only doing what they must to survive, while the law is represented by an inept sheriff and sadistic scum like Klaus Kinski, who kills the poor because he enjoys it. Politically charged in a way that only a film of its time could be, Il Grande Silenzio's themes of class struggle and violent revolution were a bit too hot for an American release in 1968.

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