Silent Fall (1994)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  28 October 1994 (USA)
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An autistic boy witnesses his parents' double murder. Richard Dreyfuss as a controversial therapist, seeks to probe the child's mind in order to solve the case.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Rene Harlinger
Sheriff Mitch Rivers
Ben Faulkner ...
Tim Warden
Deputy Bear
Brandon Stouffer ...
Halloween Kid #1
Treva Moniik King ...
Halloween Kid #2
John McGee Jr. ...
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Catherine Shaffner ...
Heather M. Bomba ...
Twin #1
Marianne E. Bomba ...
Twin #2 (as Marianne M. Bomba)
Jane Beard ...
Carol Simmons


An autistic boy witnesses his parents' double murder. Richard Dreyfuss as a controversial therapist, seeks to probe the child's mind in order to solve the case. Written by Keath <>

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A Savage Crime. A Silent Witness.

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Rated R for language and a murder scene | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 October 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Indian Summer  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)


$3,180,674 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The film's working title was "Indian Summer". See more »


Dr. Jake Rainer: You're going to shoot me? How are you going to explain that?
Sylvie Warden: I'll think of something
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Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Suspense, intrigue and emotional relationship between autistic boy and psychiatrist
18 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

This genteel retelling and moving film starts with a double murder of a parents , being witnessed by autistic little boy son, named Tim Warden(Faulkner), he's overprotected by adolescent sister Sylvie(Liv Tyler). Retired therapist Jake(Richard Dreyfuss), married to good spouse(Linda Cameron), is reluctant to get involved, but he's deemed guilty because a little autistic in his care committed suicide, though he was acquitted . But when rival Dr. Harlinger(John Lighgow) is called instead, Jakes takes the little boy for learning. Traumatized Tim is a nine-years-old kid with damage psyche but plenty of extraordinaries faculties, as he imitates language of people. Jake whose patience and perseverance finally enable Tim to learn to communicate and resolve the murders.

The film depicts the unconventional method the psychiatrist used to help the autistic adjust to the world and shows the relationship that build between the two courageous starring. The dysfunctional and breakthrough relation among Tim and Jake carries strong emotional power and intense, moving experience. Actors interpretation is good, Richard Dreyfuss as affected and obstinate therapist, J. T. Walsh as sheriff that investigates the deeds and Liv Tyler and Faulkner in their film debut. Interesting script with a final full of lurid turns, red herrings and plot twists by Akiva Goldsman.Sensible and perceptible musical score by Stewart Copeland. Luxurious and colorful cinematography by cameraman Peter James.

The motion picture is professionally directed by Bruce Beresford. He's a cool Australian(Braker Morant)director, working in Hollywood and achieving hits(Double jeopardy,Crimes of the heart,Tender mercies), winning Academy Award (Driving Miss Daisy) and flops (King David ,Mister Johnson, Silent fall).

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