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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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...I'll never tell. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Director Gary Fleder celebrated his 35th birthday during filming. See more »

Goofs

The position of the needle held to the guards arm. First it was behind the badge, and then it jumps around inside of it. See more »

Quotes

Patrick Koster: [reading aloud a number] 1798.
Dolen: That was a bad year.
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References Ransom (1996) See more »

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Pride and Joy
Written by Marvin Gaye, William Stevenson and Norman Whitfield (as Norman J. Whitfield)
Performed by Marvin Gaye
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
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I'm Gonna Teh-eh-elll: Very predictable
4 May 2002 | by FunnyMannSee all my reviews

Ever see a movie for the first time yet still have to ask yourself, "Wait, have I seen this before?" That's pretty much what we're dealing with here. Even if you haven't seen this movie yet, you have.

With "Don't Say a Word," it's like whoever made it was so enthralled by the high-concept, give-it-to-me-in-ten-words-or-less premise, they figured they didn't have to try real hard with anything else. Sure, it's competent. But with its intriguing premise, it should have advanced way past that.

Oh well. It doesn't. Michael Douglas -- who in this film is wearing more make-up than the "women" I see on Santa Monica Blvd. at midnight -- puts in the kind of performance that, if this were an office job, wouldn't get him fired but wouldn't get him promoted. It's more than a drive-by paycheck pick-up, but Douglas has been around long enough to size up a script and know when he should bother trying and when he shouldn't. He goes with choice B here. And it doesn't really matter.

(As a side note, when is the last time Michael Douglas had an on-screen wife within 20 years of his own age? I mean, come on. Do you really think that in real life the man could...oh, wait, never mind.)

As for everything else, Brittany Murphy scores some points for playing a schizophrenic disaster of a girl who you'd still like to nail. Oliver Platt, who is getting fatter faster than Aretha Franklin, shows up for some day player-level acting work. Famke Jannsen looks sexy in a cast, but isn't given much to do. And as for the cop, played by Jennifer Esposito, she is so irrelevant to the plot that she's practically in a different movie altogether.

The plot? If you can't figure out how this movie ends, you're trying even less than whoever wrote it.

Having said all that, it will still kill two free hours just fine. Little ventured, nothing gained.


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