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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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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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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 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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