A BOY WHO CAN'T TALK IS BULLIED BY SCHOOL BOYS, AND HUMILIATED BY TOWNSFOLK IN A VIOLENT WESTERN TOWN CALLED SHRIKE IN1860. THE MUTES TOUGH AS CAN BE FATHER KNOWS HE MUST TEACH HIS SON THE SAME VIOLENT SKILLS HE MASTERED WHILE HE WAS A STREET KID IN THE CORRUPT CITY OF NEW YORK. THE YARN LEADS US TO THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN SHRIKE WHO BECOMES IMBALANCED AS A SHIT HOUSE DOOR HELD ON BY ONE LOOSE SCREW. THE POWERFUL MAN ONLY WANTS CONTINUAL REVENGE. DEATH WILL FOLLOW THE MUTE LIKE HIS SHADOW. THERE IS A TIGHT WIRE OF TRUTH, AND CONSTANT LOGIC THAT RUNS THROUGHOUT THE ADVENTURE DRAWING MORE BELIEF INTO THE EARTHY YARN.
In this intense believable adventure the mute's son's brawling, drawing his weapon, and marksmanship are truer than other characters in many past westerns. His abilities are logical. The mute can't speak so his senses of sight, and touch are sharper. Audiences will learn how Sam's father cleverly teaches his son. A wire of truth runs throughout this adventure that audiences' belief will cling to. Even the unusual fighting methods are not made up. All violent moves are the same that the author used when he was involved in fights with bullies when young many years ago. The adventure follows the tight wire of truth. All is not fantasy. This adventure is alive. The wire of possibilities and logic constantly holds the viewers fascination, and their anticipation throughout the rapid adventure.
The film Is presented without a musical score. This classic film shows how silence really is golden when natural sounds constantly take the place of the mutes silence. The mute's personality falls between his parents. Brad gives instant justice. He is a justifiable killer. Ann is a believer. During one of Sam's very low moods she said, "I know what you're thinking son why did the LORD deny you?" If we knew the answers to all of HIS doings we would be on the same knowing why level as our creator.
School yard bullies pick fights with the mute, and some low life townsfolk humiliate him. All add much more to his justifiable inner streak of dislike, and anger. When Brad becomes aware of Sam's being bullied he believes he let his son down. Brad teaches the violence he lived with when young to his mute son. "I'm going to teach you how to handle bully boys, and how to kill a man if you're sure he has it coming. I don't care how fast you are. Draw and kill the bastard. Life isn't a card game, you cheat." As Sam's ability to shoot and fight became stronger the level of sternness in his mind increases. He soon has his fathers inner anger.
Loneliness ends when Sam meets Marianna Martinez who is a bookkeeper for the Bell business. She has a strong personality. These young ones need each other. Today's youth will relate to their troubles. Their love has tenderness but it should not include fear. Brad didn't intend to live in a hell hole town like Shrike. Brutal mean bastards that think they are the best with their fists, and guns live or travel through the wild town of Shrike. The audience will see how evil men act through the eyes of the townsfolk.
Today Sam and Brad are waiting for Sheriff Trev. They decide to look in the saloon. On their way Mr. Ente runs towards the two. "Where's Sheriff Trev? Some big drunk beat a whore ta death." The two hurry to the saloon. Brad asks the barkeep. " Where is the man that killed the lady." "There at the corner table." " Where is the lady?" "Up stairs second door on the right. Doors open." Brad stands at the door. The woman's face is covered with blood, and unrecognizable. Sam has never seen his father so intense, and angry. He feels the same way. The two go down to the bar. The brutes head is resting on the table. Brad goes over and kicks the table away. The brute comes to his senses. Brad says, "You the jackass that killed the lady?" He answers. "She was just ah stupid whore." Brad is furious. "No reason?" "Hell no." Brad is ready to draw his gun. "You better draw". The brute scowls. "We wait fer the sheriff." Brad slowly says, "It's to late" The big man says. "What ya mean?" " Brad slowly says again, "It's two late." The brute goes for his gun. Brad puts a bullet right between the brutes eyes. Sheriff Trev runs into the saloon, "What happened?" Brad puts his arm around his friends shoulder. "Lets go over to the jail I'll explain everything." ("It's to late." might be remembered like, "I'll be back." In a past film.)
Men released or escaped from a near by prison work at the wealthy Bell ranch. These men are still violent. It's a heartless realm. Bell's three sons have nasty attitudes as if they were ridden hard and put up wet. Bell's wife was killed by a wild unbroken horse. She was kicked in the head. Bell shot the horse. His crazy screams were louder than his rifle. Later his loco mind grows deeper when Sam kills his favorite wise ass son in self defense.
The tale leaps to another higher level of intensity when Bell and his two other sons kill Sam's mother and father. When Sam who is near the ranch hears the gun shots he increases the speed of the horse and buggy. The wagon slams into the porch with a large spray of dirt. He finds that Ann is still alive. Her last words are, "It was Bell." Sam filled with years of taught violence now holds his dying mother. Tears start to form in his eyes. He tries to say ,"I love you." There is only a strong breath. Ann slowly states, "I know.... do what your father ......"
By morning Sam has buried the bodies. The cross reads, 'Ann and Brad Jamestown murdered 1-3-1881. No souls are buried here.' His inner attitude of anger from being bullied, and humiliated all his life, and now with his parents murder in his mind his desire to destroy turns him into the worst of killers. He heads to the Bell ranch for a slaughter. At the slaughter not enough killing takes place, and Mr. Bell survives. Sam goes to the family friend Sheriff Trev to tell him what happened. Trev says "You've killed five men before these killings. Yes, it was self defense but to townsfolk you're just a killer. No one saw your folks killed but plenty saw how you killed at Bell's. We got ta get you out ah town till I quiet things down."
Bell will have Marianna raped to get Sam to come back to the Bell Ranch. The continuous rotten actions of Bell the son of a bitch causes his mind to become more twisted. An over whelming need for revenge to kill Sam for the death of his son keeps widening the crack in his mind.
When Bell hires the first set of killers one asks, "How ya want this deal done." Bell takes a bit of whisky from his bottle, rinses his mouth, turns his chair, and spits the whisky on the floor. His going loco is at its peak. Wide eyed he picks up his gun on the desk and fires bullets into the ceiling and walls. It scares the hell out of everybody. Tough men dive for the floor. Bell then says very softly, "That ah way. Ya kill with ya gun."
Bell explains his clever plan. "First ya gonna rape the pretty girl that gave ya the water ta drink when ya come here this morning. Ya do it first thing tomorrow. Then ya go ta kill the man that can't talk. His name is Sam. He's in Highland. Before the kill ya got ta tell him I had ya rape Marianna. If ya don't tell him about the rape before the kill ya get no two thousand dolla." The killers are all smiles. All the killers sent had smiles. When Sam after facing several bought killers does come after Bell there will be a killing trap waiting for him.
Sam's mind is filled with vengeance. Now killing is his only future. violence is at its peak. Sam has vowed to kill any and all involved regardless of how much blood covers the land. The last group of killers near the end of the trail of deaths brings Sam's violence and hate to it's peak. Sam finally learns about Marianna's rape. Bell's trap will be waiting. In the end of all the killings one wonders if Sam can ever return to some form of normalcy. At the end of this low budget violent adventure the scene with Bell has never been seen in any other film.
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