The Quiet (2005)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  25 August 2006 (USA)
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Dot (Belle), a young deaf and mute woman, is sent to live with her godparents (Falco and Donovan) and their daughter (Cuthbert). The new addition to the household realizes that everything is not copacetic in the home, and the family's dark come to light.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Fell
Maria Cash ...
Mrs. Feltswatter
Jo Baker ...
Steve Uzzell ...
Mr. Piln
Officer Jim
Rudy Costa ...
Police Officer
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Following the death of her father, a teenage Dot moves into the home of her godparents and their teenage daughter Nina. Dot arrives wrapped up in the silence of being deaf-mute. She finds a different kind of silence waiting for her in her new home, for this home is a place with a dark secret involving Nina and her father. At first, Dot and Nina seem to be polar opposites. However, they gradually realize how much they have in common. Bringing them together catalyzes a series of events in which both reveal their secrets and shed their double lives. A violent consummation almost destroys them. Yet they find hope for the future in the quiet after the storm. Written by Charles Delacroix

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Her family betrayed her trust. Now she's breaking her silence. See more »


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong and disturbing sexual content, a scene of violence, language, drug content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 August 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dot  »

Box Office


$900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$27,546 (USA) (25 August 2006)


$381,186 (USA) (15 September 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the second movie in which Martin Donovan has played an architect with a dark side. In 1998's Heaven, he was a compulsive boozer and gambler who practiced architecture in between. See more »


At the dance the guy puts Dot's bag flat on the chair but when she looks at it moments later, it's standing up on the chair. See more »


[first lines]
Dot: All I wanted was to be invisible.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 2 September 2006 (2006) See more »


Written by Alan Sparhawk, Mimi Parker and Zak Sally
Performed by Low
Published by 1238 Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Kranky Records and Low
By Arrangement with Rykomusic
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2 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I walked into this movie thinking it would suck based on reviews. I was surprised that it actually was interesting and provocative. I think some people might have trouble handling the subject matter and the fact that it's treated with equal parts seriousness and humor. But uncomfortable laughter to me is the sign of a movie that actually pushes some of our buttons and that's a good thing. The cast here is wonderful, in particular Elisha Cuthbert, who proves she can act and Katy Mixon, who nails the bitchy teen banter that can be so typical in other movies. The direction is heavy handed at times but the humor does a good job of undercutting the heavy atmopshere. The ending does have some problems which I won't post here since I don't want to give anything away, but overall I think any movie that manages to be this disturbing is worth a look. I suspect this film will be re-evaluated when its time has come.

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