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A Deadly Silence (1989)

The father of three children was killed when he left his house. This provokes a lot of sentimental emotions in the neighbourhood because the people know nothing about his dark past.

Director:

John Patterson

Writers:

Dena Kleiman (book), Jennifer Miller (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Farrell ... Atty. Gianelli
Bruce Weitz ... Det. McCready
Charles Haid ... Jim Pierson
Richard Portnow ... D.A. Ed Jablonski
Wallace Langham ... Jimmy Pierson, Jr. (as Wally Ward)
Heather Fairfield ... Cheryl Pierson
Sally Struthers ... Aunt Marilyn
Juliet Sorci Juliet Sorci ... JoAnn Pierson (as Juliet Sorcey)
Philip Linton Philip Linton ... Sean Pecar
Susan Barnes Susan Barnes ... Mrs. Pecar
David Schwimmer ... Rob Cuccio
Donna Mitchell ... Cathy Pierson
Jeff Corey ... Judge Harvey W. Sherman
Irene Tedrow ... Grandma Virginia Pierson
Lee Wilkof ... Atty. Elfman
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The father of three children was killed when he left his house. This provokes a lot of sentimental emotions in the neighbourhood because the people know nothing about his dark past. Written by Volker Boehm

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dödlig tystnad See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Gripping polemic on a tricky topic
30 October 2003 | by rps-2See all my reviews

Incest is a taboo in our society. We don't talk about it and we certainly don't make movies about it, unless they're porn efforts. (You wouldn't believe the ghastly stuff that turns up when you do a search under "incest" which I had to do here because I had failed to get the title.) Yet incest also happens in our society, too often if this film's statistics are to be believed. This is a screen polemic obviously designed to focus on the problem and those afflicted by it. But it still is a gripping, well done drama with some excellent courtroom scenes and no pulled punches. Yet it is compassionate and realistic, stooping neither to sensation nor preaching. It makes its several points very effectively! The producers deserve tremendous credit for tackling this delicate topic, even as a promotional effort. I'm sure it prompted people to seek assistance when it first was done in '89 and, most recently, when it was shown on A&E.


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