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28 September 2001 (USA) See more »
You want what they want, don't you... I'll never tell... any of you. See more »
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... Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Douglas ... Dr. Nathan R. Conrad

Sean Bean ... Patrick Koster

Brittany Murphy ... Elisabeth Burrows

Skye McCole Bartusiak ... Jessie Conrad

Guy Torry ... Dolen

Jennifer Esposito ... Detective Sandra Cassidy

Shawn Doyle ... Russel Maddox

Victor Argo ... Sydney Simon

Conrad Goode ... Max Dunlevy

Paul Schulze ... Jake

Lance Reddick ... Arnie

Famke Janssen ... Aggie Conrad

Oliver Platt ... Dr. Louis Sachs

Aidan Devine ... Leon Edward Croft
Alex Campbell ... Jonathan
Philip DeWilde ... Intern (as Philip De Wilde)
Sam Montesano ... Frankie
Arlene Duncan ... Aide
Judy Sinclair ... Zelda Sinclair
Larry Block ... Doorman

David Warshofsky ... Ryan
Darren Frost ... Janitor
Philip Williams ... Large Cop

Louis Vanaria ... Cop at Scene
Daniel Kash ... Detective Garcia

Lucie Laurier ... Vanessa
Isabella Fink ... 8 Year Old Elisabeth

Ray Iannicelli ... Man at Marina
Colm Magner ... Cop #1

Cyrus Farmer ... Officer #1

Martin Roach ... Transit Cop

Patricia Mauceri ... Sofia
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Bruno ... Radio Host (uncredited)

Paul J.Q. Lee ... Man with a Cell Phone (uncredited)

Michael Sercerchi ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Lorli Villanueva ... Chinese Woman (uncredited)

Directed by
Gary Fleder 
Writing credits
Andrew Klavan (novel)

Anthony Peckham (screenplay) and
Patrick Smith Kelly (screenplay)

Produced by
Bruce Berman .... executive producer
Jeffrey Downer .... executive producer
Nana Greenwald .... co-producer
Andrew Klavan .... co-producer
Anne Kopelson .... producer
Arnold Kopelson .... producer
Arnon Milchan .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Isham 
Cinematography by
Amir Mokri (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Armen Minasian 
William Steinkamp 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
Production Design by
Nelson Coates 
Art Direction by
Dennis Davenport 
Set Decoration by
Carolyn 'Cal' Loucks  (as Cal Loucks)
Costume Design by
Ellen Mirojnick 
Makeup Department
James D. Brown .... hair stylist
Linda Dowds .... makeup artist
Paul LeBlanc .... hair stylist: Mr. Douglas
Carol Puckrin .... assistant hair stylist
John Quaglia .... assistant hair stylist: New York
Tricia Sawyer .... makeup artist: Mr. Douglas
Dorota Zajac .... assistant makeup artist
Rosemary Zurlo .... assistant makeup artist: New York
Derek Becker .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Matthew Dewilde .... bodies (uncredited)
Grace Hernandez .... hair stylist: second unit (uncredited)
Sheilagh McGrory .... bodies (uncredited)
Bridget O'Neill .... makeup artist: second unit (uncredited)
David Scott .... bodies (uncredited)
Production Management
John A. Machione .... unit production manager: New York (as John Machione)
Brian Leslie Parker .... production manager (as Brian Parker)
Dana Robin .... unit production manager: New York
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert C. Albertell .... second assistant director: New York
Marlene Arvan .... second assistant director: New York
Adam Bocknek .... trainee assistant director
Joan G. Bostwick .... second assistant director: second unit, New York (as Joan Bostwick)
Jennifer Côté .... trainee assistant director
Tyler Delben .... third assistant director
Grant Lucibello .... second assistant director
Mike Manzato .... trainee assistant director (as Michael Manzato)
Jono Oliver .... first assistant director: second unit, New York
Tom Priestley Jr. .... second unit director: New York (as Tom Priestley)
Greg White .... second second assistant director: New York
Michael Zimbrich .... first assistant director
Dan Katzman .... first assistant director: additional photography (uncredited)
Art Department
Lara Alexander .... construction department controller
Paul Berta .... storyboard artist
James R. Bilz .... props (as Jim Bilz)
Carlos Caneca .... lead man
Billy D. Choi .... graphic artist
Gilbert Demers .... second assistant art director
Avril Dishaw .... set decoration buyer
Dawn H. Fisher .... third assistant art director (as Dawn Fisher)
David G. Fremlin .... first assistant art director
Christopher Geggie .... property master
Beth Gilinsky .... art department coordinator
Bill Harman .... construction coordinator
David Jaquest .... set dresser
Kim Jennings .... art director: New York
Henry Jesiak .... assistant property master
Mayumi Konishi-Valentine .... third assistant art director (as Mayumi Konishi)
Cheryl Ladrillo .... stand-by painter
Wayne T. Leonard .... on-set dressser: New York
Chuck Loriot .... stand-by carpenter (as Chuck Lariot)
P.K. MacCarthy .... storyboard artist (as Kevin MacCarthy)
Aleksandra Marinkovich .... second assistant art director (as Aleks Marinkovich)
Terry McGauran .... lead greens
Michael J. Meade .... props buyer (as Michael Meade)
Brad Milburn .... art department apprentice
John Morrison .... on-set props
Brian N. Murray .... lead construction
Ian Nelmes .... key scenic painter
Rick Newsome .... storyboard artist
Tony Parkin .... location head carpenter
Michele Perkovich .... first assistant art director
Alyson Posella .... charge scenic: New York
Gennaro Proscia .... construction coordinator: New York
Randy Ross .... head painter
Michael Saccio .... props: New York (as Michael A. Saccio)
Thomas Saccio .... property master: New York
Justin Scoppa Jr. .... set decorator: New York (as Justin Scoppa)
Karl Shefelman .... storyboard artist
Cai Shihua .... assistant greens (as Cai)
Michael Shocrylas .... set designer (as Michael R. Shocrylas)
Richard Snyder .... key greens
Kim Steede .... on-set dresser (as Kimothy Steede)
Blaine Twyne .... location head carpenter
Dave Weinman .... lead man: New York (as David Weinman)
Gordon White .... first assistant art director
Ken Woroner .... computer surveillance graphics
Andrew Yurkiv .... shop foreman
David Best .... assistant art director (uncredited)
J.P. Dame .... set dresser (uncredited)
Graham Macpherson .... carpenter (uncredited)
Bradley Mayer .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Rosalie Russino .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Cathy Wassylenko .... camera scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gary Alper .... sound mixer: New York
Ron Bartlett .... sound re-recording mixer
David Bell .... cable person
Harry Cohen .... design effects editor
Richard Dwan Jr. .... dialogue editor
Paul Flinchbaugh .... digital assistant
Glen Gauthier .... sound mixer
Scott Martin Gershin .... supervising sound editor
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Mark Gordon .... dialogue editor
Frank Graziadei .... boom operator: New York
Craig S. Jaeger .... foley editor (as Craig Jaeger)
Randy Kelley .... sound effects editor (as Randy Kelly)
David Kudell .... digital assistant (as Dave Kudell)
Brian Miksis .... sound mixer: New York
Michael Minkler .... additional sound re-recording mixer (as Mike Minkler)
James Moriana .... foley artist
Eileen Nelson .... assistant adr editor
Mark Ormandy .... additional sound
Joe Schiff .... adr editor
Mark Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Branden Spencer .... first assistant sound editor
Wylie Stateman .... supervising sound editor
Steve Switzer .... boom operator
Renee Tondelli .... supervising adr editor
Rich Tozzoli .... additional sound
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Jerry Yuen .... cable puller: New York
Greg Zimmerman .... foley recordist
Peter Zinda .... sound effects editor
Matt Cluett .... sound transferer (uncredited)
Richard Dwan Jr. .... adr editor (uncredited)
Henry Godding Jr. .... adr recordist (uncredited)
David Goldsmith .... boom operator (uncredited)
Colin Jones .... boom operator (uncredited)
Leonel Pedraza .... sound (uncredited)
Jason Perreira .... sound dailies (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Greg Steele .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Donna G. Walker .... post sound operations (uncredited)
Wade Wilson .... sound editor (uncredited)
David Young .... sound technician (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jason Board .... special effects
Bob Hall .... special effects coordinator
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects coordinator: New York (as Steve Kirshoff)
Tim Lidstone .... special effects
Jim Reischl .... special effects
Ted Ross .... special effects coordinator
Bridget O'Neill .... special effects makeup artist: Los Angeles (uncredited)
John Stifanich .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Victor Abbene .... gaffer: Hunter/Gratzner Industries, Inc.
Tim Angulo .... director of photography: Hunter/Gratzner Industries, Inc. (as Timothy Angulo)
Scott Beverly .... effects supervisor: Hunter/Gratzner Industries, Inc.
Catherine Burns .... model maker: Hunter/Gratzner Industries, Inc. (as Cathy Burns)
Carole Cowley .... digital effects producer: Digiscope (as Carol Cowley)
Seth Curlin .... model maker: Hunter/Gratzner Industries, Inc.
Jeff Enneking .... best boy electric: Hunter/Gratzner Industries, Inc. (as Jeffrey Enneking)
R.C. David Freund .... model maker: Hunter/Gratzner Industries, Inc. (as RC David Freund)
Shannon Blake Gans .... visual effects: Hunter/Gratzner Industries, Inc.
Andrew Garcia-Price .... coordinator: Hunter/Gratzner Industries, Inc.
Matthew Gratzner .... visual effects: Hunter/Gratzner Industries, Inc.
Sarkis Hardy .... stage manager: Hunter/Gratzner Industries, Inc.
Patrick Hinkle .... model maker: Hunter/Gratzner Industries, Inc.
Dark Hoffman .... model maker: Hunter/Gratzner Industries, Inc.
Ian Hunter .... visual effects supervisor
Gary Kangrga .... key grip: Hunter/Gratzner Industries, Inc.
Justin Krauss .... model maker: Hunter/Gratzner Industries, Inc.
Brad Kuehn .... visual effects supervisor: Digiscope
Ren Messer .... first assistant camera: Hunter/Gratzner Industries, Inc. (as Karen Messer)
Michael Ryan .... best boy grip: Hunter/Gratzner Industries, Inc.
David Sanger .... producer: Hunter/Gratzner Industries, Inc.
Scott Schneider .... model crew chief: Hunter/Gratzner Industries, Inc.
Tom Shaughnessey .... set supervisor: Hunter/Gratzner Industries, Inc.
Keith St. Aubin .... model maker: Hunter/Gratzner Industries, Inc.
John Eric Tucker .... model maker: Hunter/Gratzner Industries, Inc.
Mike Uguccioni .... digital video playback: Hunter/Gratzner Industries, Inc. (as Michael Uguccioni)
Simon Yuen .... digital effects animator
Lloyd Lee Barnett .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Kenneth P. Coles .... digital painter (uncredited)
Gregory Creaser .... digital timing supervisor: Digiscope (uncredited)
Enid Dalkoff .... digital artist (uncredited)
Fortunato Frattasio .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Mitch Goldstrom .... systems administrator: Digiscope (uncredited)
Clint Green .... digital playback supervisor (uncredited)
Kent Hayward .... production assistant: Hunter/Gratzner Industries, Inc. (uncredited)
Derek Ledbetter .... visual effects (uncredited)
Darren Locke .... video playback: Keyframe Digital Productions (uncredited)
Gregg Lukomski .... camera tracker: Digiscope (uncredited)
Janet Quen .... digital effects compositor (uncredited)
Barry Williams .... visual effects editorial (uncredited)
Kenny Alexander .... stunts
Bill Anagnos .... stunts
David Barrett .... stunts
James Binkley .... stunts
Matt Birman .... stunts
Paul Bucossi .... stunts
Peter Bucossi .... stunts
Norman Douglass .... stunts
Tom Farr .... stunts
Frank Ferrara .... stunts
C.J. Fidler .... stunts (as CJ Fidler)
Rick Forsayeth .... stunt coordinator
Errol Gee .... stunts
Jery Hewitt .... stunts (as Jerry Hewitt)
Curtis Hibbert .... stunts
Danny Lima .... stunts
Steve Lucescu .... stunts
Darren Marsman .... stunts
Billy Oliver .... stunts (as Bill Oliver)
Sue Parker .... stunts
Robert Racki .... stunts
Bryan Renfro .... stunts (as Brian Renfroe)
Michael Runyard .... stunt coordinator: New York
Michael Runyard .... stunts
Michael Russo .... stunts (as Mike Russo)
Paul Rutledge .... stunts
Mary Ann Stevens .... stunts
John Stoneham Jr. .... stunts
Bryan Thomas .... stunts (as Brian Thomas)
Jeff Ward .... stunts
Jennifer Lamb .... stunts (uncredited)
Walter Masko .... stunt double: Sean Bean (uncredited)
Darren McGuire .... stunts (uncredited)
Layton Morrison .... stunt double (uncredited)
Michael Runyard .... stunt double: Michael Douglas (uncredited)
Rebecca Stoneham .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Pierre Berube .... best boy rigging electric
Nicole Blanchard .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Nicole E. Blanchard)
Glenn D. Bloom .... video assist operator: New York second unit (as Glenn Bloom)
Patrick Buchanan .... camera trainee
Ronald Burke .... dolly grip: "b" camera, New York (as Ron Burke)
Keith Califano .... best boy grip: New York (as Keith Calfano)
Andy Chmura .... camera operator: "a" camera
Tom Cioccio .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, New York second unit
Jack Coffen .... gaffer: New York second unit (as John Coffen)
Ciaran Copelin .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Ciaran C. Copelin)
Ericson Core .... additional photographer
Brad Crosbie .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (as Bradley Crosbie)
Gordon Eldridge .... company electrician
Michael J. Fabiano .... key grip: New York (as Mike Fabiano)
Richard Fiander .... camera trainee
Jamie Fitzpatrick .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, New York (as James K. Fitzpatrick)
Michael Galbraith .... gaffer
Mara Galus .... camera loader: New York second unit
Ava Gerlitz .... still photographer
Michael Green .... camera operator: "a" camera, New York second unit
Joseph Grimaldi .... rigging gaffer: New York
R.L. Hannah .... company electrician
Robert Hicks .... company electrician
Eric Holmes .... company electrician
Nils Johnson .... video assist operator: New York
Mike Kirilenko .... key grip (as Michael Kirilenko)
Steve Klys .... company grip
Jeremy Knaster .... best boy electric: New York
M.D. Kohne .... company grip
Bernie Lalonde .... key rigging grip
Mitchell Andrew Lillian .... key grip: New York second unit (as Mitch Lillian)
Rod MacNeil .... company electrician
John Mazzola .... dolly grip: "a" camera, New York
Ron Mazzola .... company grip: New York (as Ron Mazzola Jr.)
Michael McGrath .... key rigging grip: New York (as Mike NcGrath)
Tim Merkel .... Steadicam operator
Tim Merkel .... camera operator: "b" camera
Tim Metivier .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, New York
Hugh Montgomerie .... company electrician
Bill O'Leary .... gaffer: New York (as William O'Leary)
Michael Plant .... generator operator
Tom Priestley Jr. .... director of photography: New York second unit (as Tom Priestley)
Andrew Priestley .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, New York second unit
Leigh Rathner .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, New York
Christopher Raucamp .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Jim Reid .... company grip: New York
Herb Reischl Sr. .... company electrician
Ron Renzetti .... dolly grip
Al Robinson .... generator operator: basecamp, New York
Don Rose .... best boy rigging grip
Chris Rosen .... company electrician: New York
Michael Rudolph .... company electrician: New York
Samantha Schutz .... camera loader: New York (as Samantha Schultz)
John Seakwood .... still photographer: New York
Chris Silano .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, New York second unit
Tom Starnes .... best boy electric
Paul Steinberg .... generator operator: New York
Arthur Szefer .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, New York second unit
Davidson Tate .... rigging gaffer
Paul Thompson .... video assist operator
Samuel Turturici .... company grip
Robert Vigus .... company grip
Sarah Warland .... camera loader
Tom Weston .... camera operator: "b" camera, New York second unit
Perry Wolberger .... company electrician: New York
Ron Yolevsky .... best boy grip
Denise Bailie .... second assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Andrew Cheung .... grip (uncredited)
Steve Kolodziej .... 24 frame video operator (uncredited)
Ren Messer .... camera operator (uncredited)
Douglas Pellegrino .... camera operator (uncredited)
Chris Scarfi .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Jeffery J. Tufano .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Larry Wallace .... gaffer: additional photography (uncredited)
Casting Department
Zoe Abbott .... casting associate: USA
Kristine Bulakowski .... extras casting: New York
Robin D. Cook .... casting: Canada
Elizabeth Gray .... casting associate: Canada
Wendy Hoffman .... voice casting: The Reel Team
Kendall Moody .... casting associate: USA
Jane Rogers .... extras casting
Karen Meisels .... casting associate (uncredited)
Driss Tijani .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fran Allgood .... costumer: Mr. Douglas
Cori Burchell .... costume supervisor
Maureen Curtin .... costume truck supervisor
Isabel De Biasio .... on-set costume supervisor (as Isabel DeBiaso)
Lisa R. Frucht .... costume supervisor: New York (as Lisa Frucht)
Gerri Gillan .... extras costume supervisor
John Glaser .... assistant costume designer: New York
Heather Goodchild .... wardrobe production assistant
Patrick Wiley .... assistant costume designer: New York
Deirdre N. Williams .... costume supervisor: New York (as Deirdre Williams)
Trelawnie Mead .... costume dyer/breakdown (uncredited)
James W. Swift .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Marc Griffin .... assistant editor: dailies
Brett Lavinthal .... first assistant editor
Una Martin .... assistant editor: pre-production
David McGroarty .... assistant editor: dailies
Chris Regan .... color timer
Dov Samuel .... assistant editor
Bob Shugrue Jr. .... assistant editor (as Robert F. Shugrue Jr.)
Karl F. Steinkamp .... assistant editor (as Karl Steinkamp)
Gershon Hinkson .... assistant editor: avid (uncredited)
John F. Lyons .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Nicholas Bernstein .... location manager: New York
Marty Dejczak .... location manager
Michael Harland .... location production assistant
David McIlroy .... assistant location manager
Currie Person .... location assistant: New York
Andrew Saxe .... location manager: New York
Robert Cavalluzzo .... location assistant (uncredited)
Michael Hartel .... location assistant (uncredited)
Michael Hartel .... location scout (uncredited)
Brett Miller .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
John Rakich .... location production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Peter Afterman .... music supervisor
Michael K. Bauer .... music editor (as Michael Bauer)
Dick Bernstein .... music editor
Elin Carlson .... chorus
Thomas A. Carlson .... music editor (as Tom Carlson)
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Janice Hayen .... music preparation
Stephen Krause .... music mixer
Stephen Krause .... music recordist
Ken Kugler .... conductor
Ken Kugler .... orchestrator
Helena Lea .... assistant music editor
Margaret Yen .... associate music supervisor
Joan Beal .... choral contractor (uncredited)
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (uncredited)
Jessica Clements .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Peter Doell .... score recordist (uncredited)
Mark Eshelman .... scoring crew (uncredited)
Jason Lloyd .... scoring crew (uncredited)
David E. Russo .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Pat Weber .... scoring technician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Michael Fennimore .... transportation coordinator: New York
Mo Fitzgerald .... transportation co-captain: New York second unit
Glenn Hughes .... picture car captain
Stewart Mitchel .... transportation captain (as Stewart Mitchell)
Bobby O'Neil .... transportation co-captain: New York
Dave Staples .... transportation coordinator
Ron Annabelle .... picture car captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Kevin Alakas .... accounting clerk
Heather Anderson .... production secretary
Michael Authier .... production assistant
Robert Berger .... psychiatric consultant: New York second unit (as Dr. Robert Berger)
Phil Bertelsen .... provider: special footage, New York second unit
Cyndi Brenner .... production coordinator: New York
Donald Carveth .... psychiatric consultant: New York second unit (as Dr. Donald Carveth)
Kevin Clark .... catering chef
Christopher Comrie .... payroll accountant (as Chris Comrie)
Amy Comstock .... second assistant accountant: New York
Cristin L. Cornett .... assistant production coordinator
Colin Cumberbatch .... assistant production coordinator: New York
Philip Douglas .... set production assistant: New York
Prudence Emery .... unit publicist
Ellen Gannon .... production coordinator: New York
Julie Garneau .... production assistant
Joe Hartwick Jr. .... production accountant
Daniel Horvat .... first assistant accountant
Dawn Howat .... second assistant accountant
Mark Isham .... programmer
Jason Ivey .... set production assistant: New York
Jason La Rocca .... programmer (as Jason LaRocca)
Jack LeVangia .... office production assistant: New York
Lindsey Liberatore .... assistant: Arnon Milchan
Deanna Longley .... craft service
Sean Longley .... craft service
Elizabeth Ludwick-Bax .... script supervisor (as Elizabeth Ludwick)
Chris Mathers .... advisor: crime scene, New York second unit
Samuel B. Molina II .... office production assistant: New York (as Sam Molina)
Elaine Mongeon .... assistant: Arnold Kopelson
Zoe Nickerson .... trainee script supervisor
Claudia O'Hehir .... assistant: Anne Kopelson
Dilara Orer .... set production assistant: New York
Kim Palmen .... assistant: Jeffrey Downer
Paige Palmer .... production coordinator
Wayne Petrucelli .... security: Michael Douglas, New York
Clare Piller .... clearances coordinator
Martha Pinson .... script coordinator: New York second unit
Paul Polow .... set production assistant: New York
Angela Rentzelos .... pre-production assistant
José Ramón Rosario .... advisor: homicide detective, New York second unit (as Jose Rosario)
Kristin Ross .... assistant: Gary Fleder
Amanda Segel .... assistant: Arnon Milchan
Julieann Snow .... first assistant accountant (as Julie Snow)
Tom St. Ong .... advisor: crime scene, New York second unit
Anna Strout .... set production assistant: New York
Florian Tessloff .... programmer
Nick Veziris .... gun handler
Sandra M. White .... set production assistant: New York
Laurel Wolowic .... video clearances
Mikayla Abromowitz .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Karlena Barbosa .... production assistant (uncredited)
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Don Coppola .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael Dobbin .... production assistant (uncredited)
John W. Ervin .... set production assistant: second unit (uncredited)
Dan Gosse .... security officer (uncredited)
Matthew Gross .... production executive (uncredited)
Susan Haldenby .... medical consultant (uncredited)
Terry Henderson .... personal chef: Britanny Murphy (uncredited)
Sophia Lansky .... additional voices (uncredited)
King Lee .... production assistant (uncredited)
Thomas Maxwell .... production assistant (uncredited)
Terry McAllister .... security coordinator (uncredited)
George F. Miller .... stand-in: Bank Robbery scene (uncredited)
Vernon Rodriquez .... assistant parking coordinator (uncredited)
Kevin Rosenberg .... production assistant (uncredited)
Deborah Ross .... title designer (uncredited)
Irapaul Turner .... production assistant (uncredited)
Cassidy Watkins .... assistant: Brittany Murphy (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Sound of Silence" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for violence, including some gruesome images, and language
113 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits.See more »
Errors in geography: During the New York Thanksgiving parade, a Toronto street car is clearly visible. There are no streetcars in New York.See more »
Patrick Koster:She heard.
Dolen:How do you know?
Patrick Koster:She stopped breathing.
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53 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
Ve Haff Vays of MAKING You Talk..., 8 October 2001
Author: pc_dean from Arlington VA

They say there's nothing new under the sun, and that's especially apt in sunny Hollywood. So it's tempting to ask, merely as a theoretical exercise, "can you make a movie that is essentially a model kit assembled from other movies, and still make it effective?" "Don't Say a Word" proves that the answer is "Yes." WHY you would want to set out to do such a thing is another question; you'll have to ask the producers about it.

In the movie, Michael Douglas plays an affluent, happily married psychologist who has to contend (as Michael Douglas does in every movie), with a seriously disturbed woman. The femme-looney in this outing is Elizabeth Burrows (Brittany Murphy), a 10-year, 20-institution veteran with enough contradictory diagnoses to sink a DSM textbook. He is called in to consult by a colleague (Oliver Platt) and then is bewildered as a shadowy band of Bad Guys snatch his daughter and demand that he work his famed empathy thing with poor Britt and get her to give him a ten-digit number that they need. Her dad, it seems, ripped them off during the heist of a precious red jewel, and they need the number to find it. Douglas figures out that while she has problems of her own, Elizabeth has been confounding her doctors by imitating various symptoms, in effect, staying institutionalized to hide from the evildoers. Me, I would have gone to Tahiti; to each his own.

The kidnap-flick tropes then come in fast and heavy: the Panicked Discovery, the Initial Phone Call, The List of Rules (no cops, yada yada), "No Deal Til I Talk to My Daughter", the Desperate Clock-Race Across Town, the Tough Female Detective trying to Figure It All Out, and more. We get a host of other familiar faces, too: the Bad Guys are a band of high-tech thieves (which are so common in movies, they must have a hell of a union), with black leather jackets, sleek laptops, and a guy whose job during the robbery is to stand in the middle of the bank with a stopwatch calling off the time, as though they were at the Olympic trials for the 100-meter Felony.

But all this is skillfully handled, with just enough tweaks to the familiar formulas to make it feel fresh. At one point, Douglas makes the kidnappers relocate to meet him, a nice twist on the usual "kidnappers run the bagman all over town" scene. And the bit with the mental patient, well, it beats can-we-raise-the-money-in-time? For his part, Michael Douglas does well, though he is a little too slick to portray besieged decent men. My hunch is that Harrison Ford was first choice to play this role. Famke Janssen is good as his wife. Though the script gives her little to do, she is really the one who makes us feel the panic and despair that attend the abduction of a child, and though it's a familiar movie scenario, it is still able to play on the nerves quite effectively. The little girl playing Douglas' daughter does well, too, cute but not cloying, smart but credible; there is an amusing scene where she attempts to make conversation with the hulking, tattooed murderer who is guarding her, eventually cajoling him into making peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches. And, carrying on the proud tradition started by Alyssa Milano in "Commando", does her level best to foil her captors.

The Bad Guys are a little disappointing. They are assigned quirks rather than characters (one never appears to have a name). As the head villain, Sean Bean makes what he can of his feral charisma, but he literally phones this performance in. I think the poor guy is doomed to spend the rest of his career playing Hibernian heavies in leather jackets. Their operation seems a little too well-orchestrated, especially since the movie supposedly take place less than three weeks after they've been sprung after doing a dime in Attica (where one guesses they studied electronic eavesdropping in between lifting weights). And while the movie doesn't say how much the priceless rock is worth, by my estimation, after splitting the proceeds and covering their overhead, surveillance equipment, and tattoos, the gang should have just enough left for a celebratory lunch at the IHOP.

The best performance is by Brittany Murphy as the twitchy, wary Elizabeth. With her weird hand gestures and tuneless singing, this character could have been really annoying. But Murphy makes her guileless and affecting. Watching her stare out her barred window at the tugboats in the river, your heart breaks just a little.

The story is not always credible, especially the parts involving Jennifer Esposito as the detective, who is really a sideshow anyway. We also see several New Yorkers who are surprisingly pliant when deprived of everything from cell phones to speedboats. And the parents adhere blindly to the "don't tell the cops" rule, even after it is laughably impractical to do so.

The thing that really makes the movie work is the setting and the way it is shot by director Gary Fleder, who made the underrated "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead". Fleder puts us in claustophobic, oppressive places, from underground morgues to puke-green institution hallways with prison doors and disturbing graffiti, to the fog-shrouded darkness of Potter's Field, graveyard of the anonymous dead of New York City. Even Douglas' luxury apartment seems at tight quarters, and these places are filmed in such a way to make this close to a horror movie. The dark climax is formulaic, but give a neat twist in location. The number, incidentally, doesn't refer to an uplink code or satellite designation or encryption key or any of the usual millenial McGuffins of late. What it represents is something surprising, sad, and refreshingly old-fashioned. Which kind of goes for the rest of the movie as well.

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