Set against the backdrop of a mythic "New West," Silver City
follows grammatically-challenged, "user-friendly" candidate Dicky Pilager (Chris Cooper
), scapegrace scion of Colorado's venerable Senator Jud Pilager (Michael Murphy
), during his gubernatorial campaign.
When Pilager finds that he's reeled in a corpse during the taping of an environmental political ad, his ferocious campaign manager, Chuck Raven (Richard Dreyfuss), hires former idealistic journalist turned rumpled private detective Danny O'Brien (Danny Huston) to investigate potential links between the corpse and the Pilager family's enemies. In the tradition of the great films noir, Danny's investigation pulls him deeper and deeper into a complex web of influence and corruption, involving high stakes lobbyists, media conglomerates, environmental plunderers, and undocumented migrant workers.