Three young students go into a holiday which rapidly turns into horror as they hit-and-run a lonely hitchhiker in desert. They decide to keep the accident a secret, but as more and more ... See full summary »
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
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The character of "Theodore 'Ted' Handy" is a reference to Theodore 'Ted' Bundy a notorious serial killer, rapist, kidnapper, and necrophiliac who assaulted, kidnapped, raped, and murdered dozens of young women throughout the 1970s, and maybe earlier. While being pursued, then caught, and prosecuted, and imprisoned, he made continuous and consistent denials, only confessing, immediately prior to his execution, to about 30 murders committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978. His actual number of victims is still unknown, and is likely considerably higher. Bundy was considered handsome and charismatic by his victims and potential victims, which he exploited in order to gain their trust. He typically approached them in public places, faking a disability or injury, occasionally impersonating some sort of authority figure, thereafter overpowering and assaulting his victims in a quiet, remote location, such as the abandoned building as depicted in this movie. Bundy was executed by the State of Florida in 1989. 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 »
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 »
A basic crime/action film with guts. James Garner makes it work.
"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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