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Hear No Evil (1993)

R | | Thriller | 26 March 1993 (USA)
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Jillian Shanahan, a deaf woman, becomes the target of a ruthless and corrupt cop. The cop is looking for a stolen coin, which he plans to keep for himself. A journalist briefly acquires the... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jillian Shanahan
... Ben Kendall
... Lt. Brock
... Mickey O'Malley
... Grace
Greg Wayne Elam ... Cooper (as Greg Elam)
... Wiley
... Mrs. Kendall
Billie Worley ... Tim Washington
George Rankins ... Roscoe
Karen Trumbo ... Nadine Brock
Candice Kingrey ... Police Interpreter
Mary Marsh ... Mrs. Paley
Ron Graybeal ... Porsche Driver
Bill Pugin ... Doctor
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Jillian Shanahan, a deaf woman, becomes the target of a ruthless and corrupt cop. The cop is looking for a stolen coin, which he plans to keep for himself. A journalist briefly acquires the coin and hides it in Jillian's appartment, then his car explodes, now the cop is after her. Written by Rob Hartill

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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On The Wings Of The Night
Written by David Defeis
Produced by David Defeis Music (BMI)
Performed by Virgin Steele (as Virgin Steel)
Published 1989 by Defeis Music (BMI)
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Could Be Better
23 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

With it's convoluted plot, hackneyed script and not so surprising 'twist' ending, this movie is not one of the best thrillers to come out of Hollywood in the past ten years.

Marlee Matlin seems to be sleep walking through her role as Jillian Shanahan, a deaf woman who is unknowingly given a rare stolen coin and is now being pursued by the various parties who want to get their hands on it. Martin Sheen as the corrupt policeman Lt. Brock does a play it by numbers bad guy routine, while the usually good D.B. Sweeney as the insomniac restauranteur/rock climber Ben Kendal appears to be wondering how he got mixed up in all this, both figuratively and literally.

That is not to say it doesn't have its moments. The scene where Jillian's friend is attacked is quite chilling and the part where Jillian teaches Ben to swear in sign language is cute. And Ben's morning grumpiness definitely struck a chord with a fellow insomniac.

But over all the whole thing doesn't quite gel. Matlin and Sweeney have little chemistry and their characters seem to fall for each other a bit too quickly to be plausible. You have to wonder why Ben would go to such lengths for a person he hardly knows, while Jillian is too much the damsel in distress, even though she's supposed to be this fiesty, independent woman who has risen above her disability. Sheen comes off the worst as the bad-guy cop who beats up suspects while listening to opera. His character has no shades of grey and is just your standard authoritarian thug who deserves his comeuppance. The funeral scene is embarrassingly trite and the whole FBI sting sequence is corny and contrived, while you can just see the 'surprise' ending coming a mile a way. Watch it once then forget about it.


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