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Trapped in Silence (1986)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 11 May 1986
A pschologist tries hard to get through to kid who can talk - but won't.

Director:

Michael Tuchner

Writers:

Torey Hayden (story "Murphy's Boy"), Vickie Patik (as Pat A. Victor)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jason Brill ... Pizza Man
Frances Foster Frances Foster ... Ovelia
John Mahoney ... Doctor Winslow
Marlyn Mason
Marsha Mason ... Jennifer Hubbell
John McCurry John McCurry ... Tyler Getz
Harsh Nayyar ... Dr. Perkash
Stephen Pearlman ... Dr. Rosenthal
Rebecca Schull ... Marlys Mengies
Karen Shallo Karen Shallo ... Jean Gabrielson
Ron Silver ... Doctor Jeff Tomlinson
Kiefer Sutherland ... Kevin Richter
Amy Wright ... Dana Wendolowski
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Storyline

A psychologist (Marsha Mason) works with a traumatized boy (Kiefer Sutherland) with elective mutism - the patient chooses not to talk because of his trauma. Eventually the boy starts to open up to reveal his sordid story. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atrapado en el silencio See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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There's a lot worse things than being crazy.
26 October 2010 | by Steve SkafteSee all my reviews

Never before have I seen a film so resolutely pessimistic and relentlessly optimistic. That is not a strength. The story suggests darkness, coldness, pain. This is appropriate. The director and composer, however, insist on interjecting lightness at possibly the least believable intersections. It's not that Michael Tuchner's direction is necessarily bad - he allows Kiefer Sutherland to give one of the best performances of his career - but he can't or won't decide which kind of film he wants to make.

Sutherland is what makes this work. Sure, Ron Silver is good, Marsha Mason, too. But these are expected performances, by-the-book characterizations. Kiefer Sutherland is the only reason you'd really want to see this. The scenes that are completely given over to him, his illness, the inner workings of his mind - these are the moments when "Trapped in Silence" takes you in on a deeper level.

In the end, you can feel the limitations of the format. The TV movie feel gets tiresome once you realize it prevents a certain level of ferocity that might otherwise be present. Still, it's a good story, and it feels real enough. Definitely worth it for early Sutherland.


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