Silent Fall (1994)



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In this murder mystery, Jake Rainer has withdrawn from the world. Formerly a renowned psychiatrist, Ranier's career was ruined by a terrible incident. Ranier is drawn from his seclusion following a brutal double-murder involving an autistic boy. Will Rainer be able to bond with the boy and solve the murder?

Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Akiva Goldsman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 13, 2000
Warner Home Video


as Jake Rainer

as Tim Warden

as Karen Rainer

as Dr. Rene Harlinger

as Sheriff Mitch Rivers

as Sylvie Warden

as Deputy Bear

as Forensic Detective

as Carol Simmons

as Sheriff's Wife

as 1st Halloween Kid

as 2nd Halloween Kid

as Halloween Monster
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Critic Reviews for Silent Fall

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (8)

Poorly scripted by Akiva Goldsman, this murder mystery (helmed by Bruce Beresford) represents an awkward synthesis of autism and family abuse as social problems, failing to deliver suspense or excitement on any level.

Full Review… | February 1, 2007
Top Critic

Beresford draws the best from a fine cast. Only when he tries to up the thrill quotient near the end are the contrivances of Akiva Goldsman's debut script revealed, like cracks in the smooth surface of a frozen lake.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's the kind of picture that results when a film maker loses sight of the fact that a portion of his audience might actually think while watching a movie.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

So predictable that you would almost swear you'd seen it before.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Silent Fall, a dramatically repressed psychodrama, could be sued for creative malpractice.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Silent Fall


very moving and sad.. the suspense was intimate.. one of my mother's picks so didnt pay much attention .. i might have to watch it again.

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