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Don't Say a Word (2001)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  28 September 2001 (USA)
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When the daughter of a psychiatrist is kidnapped, he's horrified to discover that the abductors' demand is that he break through to a post traumatic stress disorder suffering young woman who knows a secret...



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A group of thieves steal a rare gem, but in the process, two of the men double cross the leader of the thieving group, Patrick, and take off with the precious stone. Ten years later, prominent psychiatrist Nathan Conrad is invited to examine a disturbed young woman named Elisabeth. Patrick immediately kidnaps Nathan's daughter, forcing Nathan to attempt to get Elisabeth to reveal a secret number which will ultimately lead Patrick to the whereabouts of the precious gem that has eluded him. Written by Anna <dimenxia@yahoo.com>

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You want what they want, don't you... I'll never tell... any of you. See more »

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Rated R for violence, including some gruesome images, and language | See all certifications »

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28 September 2001 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,090,474 (USA) (28 September 2001)


£1,757,429 (UK) (15 March 2002)

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Jessie Conrad: [Telephone rings] Hello?
Nathan Conrad: [Wants to play a trick on Jessie] Hello?
Jessie Conrad: Hi Daddy.
Nathan Conrad: Exsuse me, who am I talking to?
Jessie Conrad: This is me.
Nathan Conrad: No, no my Jessie is 8 years old. The girl who I'm talking to is at least 11.
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Nathan Conrad: [laughs] Can you speak to your mother please!
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Dream a Little, Dream of Me
Written by Fabian Andre, Gus Kahn and Wilbur Schwandt
Performed by Ella Fitzgerald
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Good Thriller With Sustained Suspense
29 January 2003 | by (Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Overall, I really liked this movie, which surprised me a little bit. The trailers I had seen for it had me thinking it was going to be kind of "cheesy" for lack of a better word, but this was actually very engrossing. It had an interesting story line, sustained suspense and for the most part was well acted.

I particularly liked Brittany Murphy as Elisabeth Burrows, the psychiatric inmate whose tortured mind holds the information that Dr. Conrad (Michael Douglas) needs to get in order to save his young daughter Jessie's (Skye McCole Bartusiak) life. Murphy seemed so "into" her character that it was almost spooky to watch her. She was extremely convincing. Douglas I thought also offered up a good performance, as did Sean Bean as Patrick, the head kidnapper. Young Miss Bartusiak was commendable but to me didn't seem to portray the range of emotions I would expect a young child to be feeling in Jesse's circumstances. She just seemed altogether too calm. The same could be said for Famke Janssen as Jessie's mother Aggie Conrad. I realize the character had a broken leg and apparently couldn't get out of bed, but again she just seemed to take the whole thing too calmly (and, when her own life was threatened she seemed able to move around well enough, broken leg or not!) As for Oliver Platt as Conrad's colleague Dr. Sachs? I find that, depending on the movie, I either like Platt or don't (no middle ground) and I didn't care for him in this movie.

Overall, though, the movie was quite good as a vehicle for Douglas. I'd rate it as a 7/10.

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