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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.

Director:

Daniel Petrie Jr.

Writers:

Jeffery Deaver (novel), Donald E. Stewart (teleplay) (as Donald Stewart)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... John Potter
Kim Coates ... Theodore 'Ted' Handy
Marlee Matlin ... Melanie Charrol
Lolita Davidovich ... Det. Sharon Foster
Charles Martin Smith ... Roland W. Marks
Kenneth Welsh ... Sheriff Lenny Budd
James Villemaire ... Ray 'Sonny' Bonner
Gary Basaraba ... Shephard Wilcox
Barclay Hope ... Sheriff Gene Stillwell
Vanessa Vaughan Vanessa Vaughan ... Susan
Blu Mankuma ... Special Agent Henry Lebow
Mimi Kuzyk ... Donna Harkstrawn
Scott Speedman ... Officer Stevie Cardy
John Bourgeois ... Major Daniel Tremaine
Neil Crone ... Airport Security Officer
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Canada

Release Date:

11 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead Silence - Flammen in der Stille See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The school bus the children are in is labeled "Laurent Clerc, Beaumont, New York." This is not an actual school or place. "Laurent Clerc" is a reference and tribute to a real person named Laurent Clerc (December 26, 1785 - July 18, 1869), who, for approximately 150 years was known as "The Apostle of the deaf in America" by many generations of American deaf people. Clerc was taught at Institution Nationale des Sourds-Muets, a famous school for deaf education in Paris. With Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, Clerc co-founded the first North American school for deaf persons in North America, the Hartford Asylum for the Education and Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb on April 15, 1817 in the old Bennet's City Hotel, located in downtown Hartford, Connecticut. The school was subsequently re-named the American School for the Deaf and moved to it's present site in 1821. The school remains the oldest existing school for the deaf in North America. While there is no Beaumont in New York or Connecticut, there is a Beaumont in Quebec, Canada, which is also probably a reference to Laurent Clerc, since he was born in France, and Quebec is the only French native speaking province in Canada. See more »

Goofs

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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High tension hostage drama.......
15 July 2009 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

"Dead Silence" has a real grabber of an opening, and rarely lets up thereafter. The hostage drama plays out in a somewhat logical manner, until the end, where credibility gets stretched to the max. It is interesting to see the way James Garner manipulates the situation to his advantage, only to have the whole thing unraveled by what appears to be nothing more than a tacked on ending. Nevertheless the film delivers a lot of tense moments, and is entertaining, despite the rush to a rather unbelievable conclusion. The movie is well acted, and the on location photography is acceptable. I recommend seeking this one out. - MERK


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