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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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Taglines:

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

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The character of "Theodore 'Ted' Handy" is a reference to Theodore 'Ted' Bundy a notorious serial killer, rapist, kidnapper, and necrophiliac who assaulted, kidnapped, raped, and murdered dozens of young women throughout the 1970s, and maybe earlier. While being pursued, then caught, and prosecuted, and imprisoned, he made continuous and consistent denials, only confessing, immediately prior to his execution, to about 30 murders committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978. His actual number of victims is still unknown, and is likely considerably higher. Bundy was considered handsome and charismatic by his victims and potential victims, which he exploited in order to gain their trust. He typically approached them in public places, faking a disability or injury, occasionally impersonating some sort of authority figure, thereafter overpowering and assaulting his victims in a quiet, remote location, such as the abandoned building as depicted in this movie. Bundy was executed by the State of Florida in 1989. 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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An extremely worthwhile film. Highly enjoyable.
27 July 2002 | by KrelianZGSee all my reviews

Dead Silence is one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. It has all the elements necessary for a quality film. Drama, suspense, action, and even the occasionally witty comment by the all-star cast are present. Drama and action, specifically, are present in spades. James Garner truly shines in his role as the conflicted FBI agent John Potter, as does James Villemaire, who portrays the character Sonny, one of the kidnappers of the deaf children. Dead Silence is a one of a kind, edge of your seat movie, sure to keep you guessing till the climatic finale. I recommend this film to all, as everyone should see this exemplar of modern film-making.


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