Dead Silence (1997)





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A screenwriter aspires to fulfill his life-long dream of making a classic '40s-style film noir. Unfortunately, he doesn't have enough money to fund his project and no one in Hollywood seems interested. In desperation, he goes to a notorious crime lord who agrees to put up the backing, but only on one condition--the filmmaker must cast the gangster's son as the lead. Unfortunately, the kid can't act his way out of a paper bag.
R (violence)
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Television
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James Garner
as Potter
Kim Coates
as Ted Handy
Marlee Matlin
as Melanie
Lolita Davidovich
as Sharon Foster
Kenneth Welsh
as Lenny Budd
Gary Basaraba
as Wilcox
Barclay Hope
as Stillwell
Blu Mankuma
as Henry
Mimi Kuzyk
as Donna Harkstrawn
Scott Speedman
as Steve Cardy
John Bourgeois
as Daniel Tremain
Neil Crone
as Airport Security Officer
Sharon Dunn
as TV News Narrator
Craig Eldridge
as Roger Elb
Chris Faulkner
as Trooper
Michael Filipowich
as Prison Truck Driver No. 1
Adrian Hough
as Pete Henderson
Erin Jarvis
as Mini Mart Girl
Dean McKenzie
as Reporter No. 2
Oliver Olsen
as Gas Station Trooper
Sue Parker
as Caddy Laddy
Barry Pepper
as Airport Officer
Daniel Petrie Jr.
as Slaughterhouse Trooper
Arnold Pinnock
as Prison Truck Driver No. 2
Ted Whittall
as Toby Geller
Andrew Younghusband
as Reporter No. 1
Lisa Dressler
as Jocelyn
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This gripping and exciting thriller turns on a clever premise; a trio of violent psychopaths hold a busload of deaf-mute students hostage in a standoff with the police. The duel between the seasoned hostage negotiator (James Garner) and the hostage takers is superbly crafted. And I like Marlee Matlin's character as a confident teacher of the deaf who's trying to protect and plan to escape with her deaf students away from the psychopaths. The movie is well acted, and the on location photography is acceptable. Highly recommendation!

Dean McKenna
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