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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Michelle Fell
Maria Cash ...
Mrs. Feltswatter
Jo Baker ...
Steve Uzzell ...
Mr. Piln
Officer Jim
Rudy Costa ...
Police Officer
Diane Quest ...
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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?


Jamie Babbit has stated in an interview that Thora Birch was originally chosen to play the role of Dot. See more »


When Connor is describing Hershey PA to Dot, he tells her that they give out free M&Ms. They are a product of the M&M/Mars company, not Hershey. Hershey does in fact give out free candy but it is always a product of theirs, not the competition. See more »


[first lines]
Dot: All I wanted was to be invisible.
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1 February 2007 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

I feel most lucky this film has come to Europe thanks to DVD. I am a big fan of the show 24 and have long loved Elisha Cuthbert who doesn't play in many movies, certainly not serious ones. This is more ambitious than I was expecting from her, a very serious film indeed. Her acting is top-notch, as is the rest of the cast, who play their parts with humor and tragedy combined. Not an easy thing to do. The film shows a dark side of America and one that needs to be seen. The image of the perfect family is shattered here. The father is sick, the mother is a drug addict, the daughter cannot escape her secrets. It might sound like too much, and yet I believed every moment because I have heard about so many families like this one, who fall under the facade of their image. Yes, this reflects a world that exists and so it's an important movie. It's very nice to see young girls who are not silly and pleasing boys all the time. Bravo.

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