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Silent Fall (1994)

An autistic boy witnesses his parents' double murder. Richard Dreyfuss as a controversial therapist, seeks to probe the child's mind in order to solve the case.


Bruce Beresford


Akiva Goldsman

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dreyfuss ... Dr. Jake Rainer
Linda Hamilton ... Karen Rainer
John Lithgow ... Dr. Rene Harlinger
J.T. Walsh ... Sheriff Mitch Rivers
Ben Faulkner ... Tim Warden
Liv Tyler ... Sylvie Warden
Zahn McClarnon ... Deputy Bear
Brandon Stouffer Brandon Stouffer ... Halloween Kid #1
Treva Moniik King Treva Moniik King ... Halloween Kid #2
John McGee Jr. John McGee Jr. ... Deputy
Ron Tucker ... Forensic Detective
Catherine Shaffner Catherine Shaffner ... Martha
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An autistic boy witnesses his parents' double murder. Richard Dreyfuss as a controversial therapist, seeks to probe the child's mind in order to solve the case.

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A Savage Crime. A Silent Witness.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a murder scene | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Indian Summer See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Debut theatrical feature film of actress Liv Tyler. See more »


Tim Warden: [impersonating her husband] You look ridiculous
Karen Rainer: Tim... use you own voice
Tim Warden: [last lines, in his own voice] You look ridiculous
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References Spartacus (1960) See more »


Performed by Wynonna & Michael English
Produced by Guy Roche
Written by Glenn Allen, Kilte Reeves and Ed Berghoff
Wynonna apprears courtesy of Curb Music Company/MCA Records
Michael English appears courtesy of Curb Records
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Suspense, intrigue and emotional relationship between autistic boy and psychiatrist
18 July 2008 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This genteel retelling and moving film starts with a double murder of a parents , being witnessed by autistic little boy son, named Tim Warden(Faulkner), he's overprotected by adolescent sister Sylvie(Liv Tyler). Retired therapist Jake(Richard Dreyfuss), married to good spouse(Linda Cameron), is reluctant to get involved, but he's deemed guilty because a little autistic in his care committed suicide, though he was acquitted . But when rival Dr. Harlinger(John Lighgow) is called instead, Jakes takes the little boy for learning. Traumatized Tim is a nine-years-old kid with damage psyche but plenty of extraordinaries faculties, as he imitates language of people. Jake whose patience and perseverance finally enable Tim to learn to communicate and resolve the murders.

The film depicts the unconventional method the psychiatrist used to help the autistic adjust to the world and shows the relationship that build between the two courageous starring. The dysfunctional and breakthrough relation among Tim and Jake carries strong emotional power and intense, moving experience. Actors interpretation is good, Richard Dreyfuss as affected and obstinate therapist, J. T. Walsh as sheriff that investigates the deeds and Liv Tyler and Faulkner in their film debut. Interesting script with a final full of lurid turns, red herrings and plot twists by Akiva Goldsman.Sensible and perceptible musical score by Stewart Copeland. Luxurious and colorful cinematography by cameraman Peter James.

The motion picture is professionally directed by Bruce Beresford. He's a cool Australian(Braker Morant)director, working in Hollywood and achieving hits(Double jeopardy,Crimes of the heart,Tender mercies), winning Academy Award (Driving Miss Daisy) and flops (King David ,Mister Johnson, Silent fall).

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