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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.



(novel), (teleplay) (as Donald Stewart)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Potter
Theodore 'Ted' Handy
Melanie Charrol
Det. Sharon Foster
Roland W. Marks
Sheriff Lenny Budd
Ray 'Sonny' Bonner
Shephard Wilcox
Sheriff Gene Stillwell
Vanessa Vaughan ...
Special Agent Henry Lebow
Donna Harkstrawn
Officer Stevie Cardy
Major Daniel Tremaine
Airport Security Officer


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.


Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

11 January 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dead Silence - Flammen in der Stille  »

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1.33 : 1
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Based on the novel A Maidens Grave by Jeffrey Deaver. See more »


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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The F.B.I. and the Coast Guard were not involved in the production of and did not endorse or approve the making of this film, or any part of it. See more »

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School bus load of brats taken hostage by misunderstood escaped cons
10 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

Exciting film dealing with a hostage rescue unit of the FBI. They must try to talk a deranged convict and his buddies out of killing a group of young kids held in an abandoned slaughter house. Things go about as expected until the last 20 minutes when a surprise is thrown in which spices up an otherwise routine suspense picture.

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