A VIOLENT MAN GREW UP AS A STREET KID, AND SURVIVED DANGER, AND DEATH IN THE CORRUPT CITY OF NEW YORK, AS AN ADULT HE MOVES TO THE NEW WEST. SOON HE IS FORCED TO TEACH HIS MUTE SON, HIS SAME LETHAL SKILLS.
The opening scene leaves the audience wide-eyed. On the Oregon trail at night, by a bright fire pit, there are four men, Brad Jamestown is one, the other three are drunken bullies, drinking whisky, spitting, and burping loudly. The drunks decide to start trouble with some soft singing pioneers close by. One boozer says, "Lets teach them singing how to turn a toe." "I ain't beat no one senseless fer a month." " Ya, lets go play with them stupids." Brad Jamestown says in loud voice, " Find another place to play." The biggest bully yells, "Mind ya own bussines." Brad stands, and says, "Play with someone who can fight back." The pissed off bully pulls his razor sharp Bowie from its sheath and madly charges. "Bastard.". Brad, thrusts his hands up in front of the brutes face at an angle to block the view of his foot. Then as hard as he can he kicks the bully in his crotch. The bully falls aganist the fire pit, screaming. Rocks fall into the fire pit sending flames, and a large spray of sparks into the air. The bully is laying on his stomach in agoney. Brad picks up the Bowie on the ground, grabs the bully's hair, and drives his knee into the pit of the bullys back. Quickly, Brad .slices a long bloody cut across the brute's ass.
Later in the yarn Brad's mute grown son's liability becomes an asset. He has a fast draw that is actually seen, faster then most others in all past western adventures. His quickness is logical. The mute can't speak, so his senses of sight, and touch are sharper. His father also has the son realize the importance of awareness, so all of his senses become stronger. When evil men confront Sam, he can’t speak, so all of his attention is on their body movements, and attitudes. Also, audiences will be taken in when they see how his father teaches Sam unusual fighting, and the use of weapons.
A tight wire of logic runs thru the tale, to hold an audience's believability. Even the unusual fighting methods, right down to each actual, and violent movement is taken from fights that the author was involved in many years ago. The adventure always follows the tightwire of fact for the possible.
In 1844, when Brad was a young boy, his parents were murdered, their throats were slit. Brad then lived in the streets of New York.
City. The painful street beatings he received created his fanatical desire to learn how to street fight. Two tough, but decent men who owned a saloon, filled with thugs, and hooligans took the young boy in. Jason was a dangerous fighting black man, he teaches young Brad his vicious ways to fight. Yet, Jason tells Brad, "If you’re going to fight every fool you meet, be prepared to fight every day for the rest of your life."
To back up reality, little known historical facts are exposed throughout the adventure. Later Brad became a young reporter for the New York Times. His mentor told him, "Don't trust information. One writer talked the New York Sun into printing an article. It stated immigrants were being brought to New York City from England by balloon. The writer's name, who created the true hoax was, Edgar Allan Poe."
This adventure of vengeance becomes a western, and intensity rises even more when Brad goes west on the dangerous Oregon Trail. He meets his wife to be. Soon her father dies of cholera. As Ann and Brad walk from the grave, she says,"You love someone, when they pass away, you believe you didn't say, you loved them enough."
Sam's personality falls between his parents. Brad gives instant justice. He has killed, but still has a layer of compassion, that he learned from a dying child. Ann is a believer. During one of Sam's low moods she said, "I know what you're thinking, why did the Lord take from you? Maybe he wants to see what you do, before he showers all his blessin." Sam communicates, and then smiles. Ann laughs. "Yes, like the town's bank, you put in before you can take out.
Big school yard bullies pick fights with the mute, and some low life townsfolk humiliate him. All give Sam a natural inner streak of hate. When Brad first teaches his violence to his mute son, he says, "I'm going to teach you how to handle cowardly bully boys, and how to kill a man, if he has it coming." An instant look of wanting to learn appears in Sam's eyes like magic. As Sam's ability to shoot and fight become stronger his personality changes, each day he becomes more like his father.
Sam's loneliness ends when he meets, Marianna Martinez. These young ones need each other. Today's youth will relate to their troubles. Love has tenderness, but it should not include fear.
Brad didn't intend to live in a town like Shrike, California. Gold failures and, killers enjoy getting a man helpless, and then use a knife to learn where his gold was discovered. Harsh and ignorant men that think they are the best with their fists, and guns live, and travel through the dangerous town of Shrike. At this point in the yarn viewers see the results of Sam's violent learning. At his best he kills Mr. Bell's favorite son, in self-defense.
All kinds of bastards released from a near by prison, work at the wealthy Bell ranch. It's a heartless realm. Mr. Bell's three sons have nasty attitudes, as if they were ridden hard and put up wet. Mr. Bell kills a horse with an axe, arranges a rape, and hires professional gunmen to kill Sam.
The rotten actions of Bell, the son of a bitch, causes his mind to become twisted, because of the need for revenge. He must kill Sam for killing his son. The failures of professional gunmen, is the last straw. Near the end of the violent tale Bell's crazed mind is like a broken shit house door hanging by one loose hinge.
When Mr.Bell and his sons kill Sam's parents the tale again quickly leaps to a much higher level of intensity. Sam weeps when holding his dying mother. She said "Do what your father ....." Viewers will feel the mute's pain, as he kneels by the graves of his parents. The only sanity he has, comes from the belief that he put on their cross. "No souls are buried here." The man kneeling is not the same man when he rises. Sam's hate becomes stronger than his father's teachings. Sam walks alone, facing death every day, and night. Bell hires professional guns. He knows only the meanest
,and smartest can bring Sam to him, Maybe shot up, but alive is what Bell wants, he still has his axe.
There is not a musical score. The blend of the Sam's silence, and natural sounds, makes up for Sam's silence. The blend keeps the story moving fast and tight. The audience has one more element to think about. Is a sound an indication that something will happen, or meaningless? The blend gives a director another element to keep the viewers instantly surprised, and distracted..
This low budget, yet classic film will show how silence really is golden when mingled with natural sounds. This believable adventure won't let go of viewers at all ages. Tears, fights, death, love, and little known historical moments justifies the purpose of a tight wire.
The unforgettable ending, that might never have been seen in previous films, will stay in the minds of viewers for months. The directors artistic freedom is never ending. Actors will give their big toe to play the unyielding mute, or the tenacious father. Actually the reaction to sounds, truth, and the town of Shrike's unusual roughness adds a uniqueness to all characters
To live in the town of Shrike, and to mosey along on the creaky wooden sidewalk, if one does not have the sense to step aside, he's surely going to be beat on and end up sitting on his busted ass in the dirt street..
Borden Davis, 805-777-7700, htt://www.silentbrand.com