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Dead Silence (1997)

A veteran FBI agent negotiates the release of a bus-load of hearing-impaired school-children taken hostage by 3 desperate escaped convicts.

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John Potter
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Melanie Charrol
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Det. Sharon Foster
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Roland W. Marks
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Ray 'Sonny' Bonner
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Shephard Wilcox
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Sheriff Gene Stillwell
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Susan
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Special Agent Henry Lebow
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Donna Harkstrawn
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Officer Stevie Cardy
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Major Daniel Tremaine
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Airport Security Officer
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Three escaped convicts from prison take a group of deaf students hostage and hold them captive to keep the authorities at bay. FBI agent John Potter (James Garner) leads the FBIs hostage rescue team in their efforts to get the kids released without harm and also to capture the escapees. The children's teacher Melanie (Marlee Matlin), uses sign language to assist the agents in expediting surrender of the convicts. Written by Richard Jones <rjo339@swbell.net>

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Three escaped convicts. Seven young hostages. Once chance for survival.

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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »
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11 January 1997 (USA)  »

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Dead Silence - Flammen in der Stille  »

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The school bus the children are in is labeled "Laurent Clerc, Beaumont, New York." This is not an actual school or place. "Laurent Clerc" is a reference and tribute to a real person named Laurent Clerc (December 26, 1785 - July 18, 1869), who, for approximately 150 years was known as "The Apostle of the deaf in America" by many generations of American deaf people. Clerc was taught at Institution Nationale des Sourds-Muets, a famous school for deaf education in Paris. With Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, Clerc co-founded the first North American school for deaf persons in North America, the Hartford Asylum for the Education and Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb on April 15, 1817 in the old Bennet's City Hotel, located in downtown Hartford, Connecticut. The school was subsequently re-named the American School for the Deaf and moved to it's present site in 1821. The school remains the oldest existing school for the deaf in North America. While there is no Beaumont in New York or Connecticut, there is a Beaumont in Quebec, Canada, which is also probably a reference to Laurent Clerc, since he was born in France, and Quebec is the only French native speaking province in Canada. See more »

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When Ted gets into the disabled red van, the hood is closed. After it fails to start and he gets out of the van, the hood is open. See more »

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A basic crime/action film with guts. James Garner makes it work.
7 November 2010 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Dead Silence" was something of an unexpected pleasure for me. As far as TV movies go, this is pretty impressive. James Garner offers up an exceptionally engaging characterization, and it was a pleasure to see actors like Charles Martin Smith and Lolita Davidovich. Kim Coates is appropriately menacing as the bad guy.

The story is fairly standard, sure, but it doesn't quite get ridiculous until the final act. It was as if a more hands-off crime story wasn't enough for the screenwriters and they decided that it needed a good deal more action to spice things up. That move was largely a mistake. Daniel Petrie Jr. does good enough as director. I like the general look and feel of the film.

I enjoyed "Dead Silence". It's a hard film to dislike, one of the rare sort of action films that are neither especially challenging nor insultingly bad. Anyone should be able to get some entertainment out of this.


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