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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
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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 »
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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"Dead Silence" has a real grabber of an opening, and rarely lets up thereafter. The hostage drama plays out in a somewhat logical manner, until the end, where credibility gets stretched to the max. It is interesting to see the way James Garner manipulates the situation to his advantage, only to have the whole thing unraveled by what appears to be nothing more than a tacked on ending. Nevertheless the film delivers a lot of tense moments, and is entertaining, despite the rush to a rather unbelievable conclusion. The movie is well acted, and the on location photography is acceptable. I recommend seeking this one out. - MERK
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