A seemingly-untroubled adolescent carries disturbing secrets that compel a psychiatrist to unearth the patient's gruesome past.


Tom McLoughlin


Christopher Murphey (story), Miguel Tejada-Flores (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Garcia ... Michael Hunter
Trevor Blumas ... Kyle Hunter
Chelsea Field ... Penny Hunter
Linda Cardellini ... Shelly Hunter
Peter Hanlon ... University Chairman
Teri Polo ... Barbara Lonigan
Dena Lang Dena Lang ... Gina
Trevor Aikman Trevor Aikman ... Graduate Student
Brendan Fletcher ... Troy Pasternak
Vincent Kartheiser ... Thomas Caffey
David Millbern ... Brad (as David Millburn)
Max Peters Max Peters ... Young Tommy
Sam Bottoms ... Joseph Caffey
Sarah Deakins ... Diana Caffey
Joe Drago ... Flashback Cop


Michael Hunter's lovely, beloved 17 year-old son Kyle committed suicide, although he was in therapy for depression. This ruins Michael's marriage, his daughter Shelly moves in with her mother. He stops treating patients in order to write and teach Psychotherapy, until many years later when a student gets him fascinated by the case of Thomas 'Tommy' Caffey. He was about to be released at his 18th birthday from the closed 'boys school' he was placed into after his father, Joseph, was put into jail for beating his adulterous mother to death. Michael feels that Tommy carries a big chip on his shoulder, ignores that Shelly fell for him at first sight, but is mesmerized by Tommy's resemblance (purposefully enhanced) to Kyle. There is also a revealing meeting with Tommy's dad in jail. Written by KGF Vissers

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He'll risk everything to unlock the secrets of the past.

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Rated R for violence, nudity/sexual content, language and some drug material | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The first not-made-for-TV feature film by director 'Tom McLoughlin' since his 1987 comedy movie Date with an Angel (1987). See more »


When Tommy scares Shelly when she is making him a drink, her hair changes from being behind her back and ears, to in front of her. See more »


[first lines]
Joseph Caffey: If you repeat this I will deny it. Like I have been and I always will. To my grave. Do you understand?
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Arrangement and Recording by Will Craddock and Orion Paradis
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Worth watching
5 July 2003 | by edcarpediemSee all my reviews

There are many kinds of thriller/drama movies.

Some have the ability to confuse and bore you to death during most of the time, with just some good twist in the end, which "should" compensate for the "lentish", sacrificing hour before that. And many overrated movies have that formula, which only works because you become so numb as you watch it, that you feel very surprised by the final outcome of the plot, and then believe that it was such a terrific film.

Others are the exact opposite, meaning that they have a great starting point, but the story gets duller and duller until the final result becomes very predictable. And so many other variations of this genre may arise.

With `The Unsaid', however, you can expect to be tied to your seat the whole time as the plot develops. It has a dramatic starting point, a powerful and constant *thrilling* middle section and well, I won't refer the ending because, believe it, if you start watching this flick, you won't go away until you see the whole thing. It's that good! But that's me, I personally like movies that grab your attention from the start and make you not even take bathroom breaks or answer to your cell-phone calls. What about you?

The acting by Andy Garcia was brilliant; he really got inside his character. Only with a role like this could he show his true dramatic acting skills, and was followed very well by the rest of the cast. The directing was ok, and had some notorious influence on our understanding and dramatic effect of the scenes. It was done the way it's supposed to, clean and sober, even in action sequences. I won't refer to the story or the subjects it's about, since none of that is necessary here. This is a review, not a `plot outline'.

The bottom line is this: it's a definitely worth watching film! And if you're not entertained during and pleased after it, well. admit it: You watched some movie other than `The Unsaid'.

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Release Date:

14 September 2001 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ties That Bind See more »

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Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada


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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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