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Silence (2016)

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In the 17th century, two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor, who is rumored to have committed apostasy, and to propagate Catholicism.

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Old Samurai / Inoue (as Issey Ogata)
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Kichijiro (as Yosuke Kubozuka)
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Prisoner Augustinian Friar #2 (as Diego Calderon)
Rafael Kading ...
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Matthew Blake ...
Prisoner Franciscan Friar
Benoit Masse ...
Prisoner Augustinian Friar #3
Tetsuya Igawa ...
Prisoner Japanese Jesuit
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Storyline

The story of two Catholic missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) - at a time when Catholicism was outlawed and their presence forbidden.

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Sometimes silence is the deadliest sound


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Rated R for some disturbing violent content | See all certifications »

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13 January 2017 (USA)  »

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Silencio  »

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Budget:

$46,000,000 (estimated)

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$130,880 (USA) (23 December 2016)

Gross:

$7,079,191 (USA) (17 February 2017)
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Trivia

Daniel Day-Lewis and Liam Neeson replaced each other in projects that were both grounded in development for years. Neeson was set to play the lead role of Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln (2012) for years, while it was stuck in development. When Neeson dropped out of the project, Day-Lewis was brought in as his replacement. Later, Neeson would replace Day-Lewis in this film, after Day-Lewis was set to play the role of Father Ferreira for years while it too was stuck in development. See more »

Goofs

At 2:08, when Ferreira is talking to Rodrigues, the left side of his face is in the sun. So with the sun on his left he turns his head to the right, where he points to the sun and stares right into the sun for seconds, even without blinking his eyes. See more »

Quotes

Father Sebastião Rodrigues: I pray but I am lost. Am I just praying to silence?
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For the Japanese Christians and their pastors Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam See more »

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Referenced in The Ben Shapiro Show: On to Tax Cuts! (2017) See more »

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Taiko Beat
Written by Michael Silverman and Robert Silverman
Performed by Taiko Drums
Courtesy of New Element and TuneCore, Inc.
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Extremely disappointing
8 January 2017 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

I was attracted to this film because of the director's prestige and because it was an adaptation of a well-received book. It has also received many positive reviews.

I don't know why. The film is too long (much too long), too repetitive and too superficial in its treatment of the central issue of religious faith. The acting is uninspired. None of the characters awoke my sympathy. Japanese men speaking good English to Portuguese priests was just weird. Scorcese combines all this with gruesome torture scenes and monsoon weather to reach his full numbing effect. The only redeeming feature was the music: there wasn't any.


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