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Hear No Evil (1993)

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Hear No Evil, while based on the interesting premise of a deaf woman stalked by a relentless killer, is a well-crafted but predictable mystery thriller. Jillian (Marlee Matlin), a physical trainer is unknowingly given a valuable stolen coin. The theft of the coin was planned by a corrupt and sadistic police lieutenant (Martin Sheen) who needs the coin to fund his retirement, and he pursues Jillian in order to get it. Director Robert Greenwald, who also directed The Burning Bed, does a good job in showing the victim's courage and resourcefulness in her desperate situation. Matlin is good as Jillian, and does not use her deafness as a crutch to generate sympathy but portrays Jillian as an independent and strong woman. The plot gets bogged down with too many cliched twists and subplots, including a romance which slows the movie and adds nothing of interest in the development of the characters and their motivations. Hear No Evil, similar in theme to the excellent Wait Until Dark, lacks the focus and intensity necessary in a good thriller and wastes its excellent cast.

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Cast

Marlee Matlin
as Jillian Shanahan
D.B. Sweeney
as Ben Kendall
Marge Redmond
as Mrs. Kendall
Billie Worley
as Tim Washington
Brian Davies
as Dub Squad
Karen Trumbo
as Nadine Brock
Candice Kingrey
as Police Interpreter
Mary Marsh
as Mrs. Paley
Ron Graybeal
as Porshe Driver
Bill Pugin
as Doctor
Pat Codekas
as Ms. Younger
Mary Ann Marino
as Museum Guard
Clay Luper
as FBI Cotton Candy Vendor
Joe Ivy
as FBI Agent 1
Rick Jones
as FBI Agent 2
Marvin Laroy Sanders
as Grocery Checker
Kathy McCurdy
as Sign Language Instructor
Merrilee Dale
as Museum Guide
James Daniels
as Dub Squad
Karen Searcy
as Dub Squad
Newell Briggs
as Dub Squad
Mary Sue Tobin
as Dub Squad
Brian Davis
as Dub Squad
Timothy Harper
as I-Zaya Acappella Band
Marlon Irving
as I-Zaya Acappella Band
Brian Sims
as I-Zaya Acappella Band
Craig Warren
as I-Zaya Acappella Band
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Magnificent thriller of a deaf athletic trainer who finds herself living a nightmare after a client plants a rare coin on her. The deaf angle gives this thriller a decent edge that I like it so much for my support of deaf culture.

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