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Dead Silence (1997)

A veteran FBI agent negotiates the release of a bus-load of hearing-impaired school-children taken hostage by 3 desperate escaped convicts.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... John Potter
... Theodore 'Ted' Handy
... Melanie Charrol
... Det. Sharon Foster
... Roland W. Marks
... Sheriff Lenny Budd
... Ray 'Sonny' Bonner
... Shephard Wilcox
... Sheriff Gene Stillwell
Vanessa Vaughan ... Susan
... Special Agent Henry Lebow
... Donna Harkstrawn
... Officer Stevie Cardy
... Major Daniel Tremaine
... Airport Security Officer
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Three escaped convicts from prison take a group of deaf students hostage and hold them captive to keep the authorities at bay. FBI agent John Potter (James Garner) leads the FBIs hostage rescue team in their efforts to get the kids released without harm and also to capture the escapees. The children's teacher Melanie (Marlee Matlin), uses sign language to assist the agents in expediting surrender of the convicts. Written by Richard Jones <rjo339@swbell.net>

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Three escaped convicts. Seven young hostages. Once chance for survival.

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »
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11 January 1997 (USA)  »

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Dead Silence - Flammen in der Stille  »

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Trivia

Although filmed in Ontario, Canada and British Columbia, Canada, the story ostensibly takes place in or near a place called "Beaumont, New York," which is not a real town, city, or county in the State of New York. See more »

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When Ted gets into the disabled red van, the hood is closed. After it fails to start and he gets out of the van, the hood is open. See more »

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The F.B.I. and the Coast Guard were not involved in the production of and did not endorse or approve the making of this film, or any part of it. See more »

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Treat for Deaver lovers
13 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

If you're a fan of Jeffery Deaver novels then you will have read 'A Maiden's Grave'.

And you will not be dissappointed by this screen interpretation of the novel.

It sticks closely to the plot.

The screenplay is crisp and clear and the characters well portrayed.

A group of deaf students and their teacher have their bus highjacked by three escaped criminals and they are then held hostage in an old slaughterhouse.

The duel between the seasoned hostage negotiator (played by James Garner) and the hostage takers is superbly crafted.

There is an added twist at the end.

If you've read the book you will love every minute, if you haven't then you will still enjoy an excellent thriller.

Well done.


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