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Don't Say a Word (2001)

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When the daughter of a psychiatrist is kidnapped, he's horrified to discover that the abductors' demand is that he break through to a post traumatic stress disorder suffering young woman who knows a secret...

Director:

Gary Fleder

Writers:

Andrew Klavan (novel), Anthony Peckham (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Douglas ... Nathan Conrad
Sean Bean ... Patrick Koster
Brittany Murphy ... Elisabeth Burrows
Skye McCole Bartusiak ... Jessie Conrad
Guy Torry ... Dolen
Jennifer Esposito ... Sandra Cassidy
Shawn Doyle ... Russel Maddox
Victor Argo ... Sydney Simon
Conrad Goode ... Max
Paul Schulze ... Jake
Lance Reddick ... Arnie
Famke Janssen ... Aggie Conrad
Oliver Platt ... Louis Sachs
Aidan Devine ... Leon Croft
Alex Campbell Alex Campbell ... Jonathan
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Storyline

A group of thieves steal a rare gem, but in the process, two of the men double cross the leader of the thieving group, Patrick, and take off with the precious stone. Ten years later, prominent psychiatrist Nathan Conrad is invited to examine a disturbed young woman named Elisabeth. Patrick immediately kidnaps Nathan's daughter, forcing Nathan to attempt to get Elisabeth to reveal a secret number which will ultimately lead Patrick to the whereabouts of the precious gem that has eluded him. Written by Anna <dimenxia@yahoo.com>

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Taglines:

You want what they want, don't you... I'll never tell... any of you. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, including some gruesome images, and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Fox

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USA | Australia | Switzerland | Canada

Language:

English | Italian | Chinese

Release Date:

28 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ni una palabra See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,090,474, 30 September 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$55,001,642

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$100,020,092
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Skye McCole Bartusiak was particularly proud of the fact that she taught Famke Janssen to play with a GameBoy during shooting. (In the movie, Janssen's character has to play GameBoy.) See more »

Goofs

When Sofia opens the door on Mrs Conrad (around 55th minute) and the latter says "Sofia" there's an error in the cut, a house exterior is shown for a few frames. See more »

Quotes

[Nathan beats Patrick with the broken shovel several times till Patrick is down. Then he drops the shovel, takes Patrcik's gun and holds it against his head]
Nathan Conrad: I never got your name.
Patrick Koster: Patrick.
Nathan Conrad: [slowly] Patrick... are you sure I'm not like you... are you sure?
[Nathan cocks the gun. Patrick freezes in fear. Nathan takes the diamond from Patrick's jacket]
Nathan Conrad: Was this... really... worth it?
Patrick Koster: What?
Nathan Conrad: Your life.
Patrick Koster: Absolutely... it's mine.
[...]
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Soundtracks

Pink Toenails
Written by Laura Lynch Tull and Martie Maguire (as Martie (Erwin) Seidel)
Sung a cappella by Skye McCole Bartusiak
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Good Thriller With Sustained Suspense
29 January 2003 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

Overall, I really liked this movie, which surprised me a little bit. The trailers I had seen for it had me thinking it was going to be kind of "cheesy" for lack of a better word, but this was actually very engrossing. It had an interesting story line, sustained suspense and for the most part was well acted.

I particularly liked Brittany Murphy as Elisabeth Burrows, the psychiatric inmate whose tortured mind holds the information that Dr. Conrad (Michael Douglas) needs to get in order to save his young daughter Jessie's (Skye McCole Bartusiak) life. Murphy seemed so "into" her character that it was almost spooky to watch her. She was extremely convincing. Douglas I thought also offered up a good performance, as did Sean Bean as Patrick, the head kidnapper. Young Miss Bartusiak was commendable but to me didn't seem to portray the range of emotions I would expect a young child to be feeling in Jesse's circumstances. She just seemed altogether too calm. The same could be said for Famke Janssen as Jessie's mother Aggie Conrad. I realize the character had a broken leg and apparently couldn't get out of bed, but again she just seemed to take the whole thing too calmly (and, when her own life was threatened she seemed able to move around well enough, broken leg or not!) As for Oliver Platt as Conrad's colleague Dr. Sachs? I find that, depending on the movie, I either like Platt or don't (no middle ground) and I didn't care for him in this movie.

Overall, though, the movie was quite good as a vehicle for Douglas. I'd rate it as a 7/10.


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