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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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Trivia

Although filmed in Ontario, Canada and British Columbia, Canada, the story ostensibly takes place in or near a place called "Beaumont, New York," which is not a real town, city, or county in the State of New York. See more »

Goofs

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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A pair of jokers
7 February 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Dead Silence stars James Garner and Marlee Matlin about a hostage standoff in upstate New York on the Canadian border. The story takes place right near where I live in Buffalo though it was actually filmed in Canada. Those river rapids could definitely be the Niagara River.

Kim Coates, James Villemaire, and Gary Basaraba play criminals who have escaped from prison and the phrase 'armed and extremely dangerous' doesn't begin to describe the situation. Especially Coates who has one sick criminal mind, but as we find out is not as crazy as we're first led to believe.

In their escape the three cons take a busload of deaf children and their teacher Marlee Matlin hostage. Garner plays the FBI hostage negotiator who has been the subject of a lot of controversy as a similar situation left a lot of dead bodies and he's got disgruntled agents in his own ranks.

This one is both action and tension filled and when you think it is over it most definitely is not. Coates has a pair of jokers in the cards he's dealing out.

Garner is cool, calm, and collected despite a lot of provocation. Watch out for a nice performance by Lolita Davidovitch who has some surprises herself.

For fans of the principal cast members for sure and for those who like tension filled dramas.


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