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Don't Say a Word
     

Don't Say a Word

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Director: Gary Fleder,

Cast: Gary Fleder, Michael Douglas, Sean Bean, Brittany Murphy

 

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This psychological thriller from screenwriter Patrick Smith Kelly reunites him with his A Perfect Murder (1998) star Michael Douglas. Dr. Nathan Conrad (Douglas) is a respected adolescent therapist faced with a nightmarish scenario when his young daughter (Skye McCole Bartusiak) is snatched by Koster (Sean Bean), a criminal with a talent for high-tech

Overview

This psychological thriller from screenwriter Patrick Smith Kelly reunites him with his A Perfect Murder (1998) star Michael Douglas. Dr. Nathan Conrad (Douglas) is a respected adolescent therapist faced with a nightmarish scenario when his young daughter (Skye McCole Bartusiak) is snatched by Koster (Sean Bean), a criminal with a talent for high-tech surveillance. Conrad learns that the kidnapper is desperate for a critical piece of information known only to Elisabeth Burrows (Brittany Murphy), one of his catatonic pro bono patients. While his wife Aggie (Famke Janssen) remains at home, bedridden due to a broken leg, Conrad races to unlock the secret stored in Elisabeth's fractured mind, while a New York City detective (Jennifer Esposito) inches closer to discovering the Conrads' dilemma. Don't Say a Word co-stars Oliver Platt and Guy Torry and is directed by Gary Fleder, who follows up his suspense smash Kiss the Girls (1997).

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Michael Douglas brings his trademark intensity to the role of a desperate father trying to rescue his kidnapped daughter in Don’t Say a Word,, a taut thriller distinguished by unusually fine performances. Douglas plays Nathan Conrad, an accomplished psychiatrist assigned to the case of Elisabeth Burrows (Brittany Murphy), a young catatonic whom Nathan suspects of guarding an important secret. And he’s right: Elisabeth alone knows the whereabouts of a valuable jewel lost by thieves following a bungled heist. The robbers kidnap Nathan’s daughter and give him a strict deadline for unlocking his patient’s mind and extracting the needed information. Director Gary Fleder (Kiss the Girls) introduces us to Nathan, his invalid wife (Famke Janssen), and precocious daughter (Skye McCole Bartusiak) in leisurely fashion but picks up the movie’s pace when Nathan begins treating Elisabeth, and then he races headlong toward a spine-chilling climax. Murphy’s performance brilliantly suggests the repression of conflicted emotions in a troubled mind, and veteran thriller star Douglas minimizes the effect of improbable plot twists with his persuasive portrayal of the embattled shrink. Thanks to him, Don’t Say a Word emerges as both suspenseful and believable -- the most important qualities for a thriller to possess. In addition to a full-length commentary by director Fleder, the DVD offers scene-specific commentaries by Douglas, Murphy, Janssen, and other cast members; Murphy’s screen test; several deleted scenes; some of the unedited dailies; three making-of featurettes; and storyboard-to-screen comparisons.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2002
UPC:
0024543034063
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Sales rank:
6,418

Special Features

Scene-specific commentaries by Michael Douglas, Sean Bean, Brittany Murphy, Famke Janssen, Oliver Platt; Director's commentary by Gary Fleder ; Deleted scenes; "Making-of" featurette; Set tour featurette; Film scoring featurette; Screening room dailies; Brittany Murphy screen test; Storyboard-to-screen comparisons; Cast/crew bios; Anamorphic widescreen (Aspect ratio 2.35:1); Audio: English 5.1 DTS, English 5.1 Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround; Subtitles: English

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Douglas Dr. Nathan Conrad
Sean Bean Patrick B. Koster
Brittany Murphy Elisabeth Burrows
Skye McCole Bartusiak Jessie Conrad
Guy Torry Martin J. Dolen
Jennifer Esposito Det. Sandra Cassidy
Shawn Doyle Russel Maddox
Victor Argo Sydney Simon
Conrad Goode Max J. Dunlevy
Paul Schulze Jake
Lance Reddick Arnie Carter
Famke Janssen Aggie Conrad
Oliver Platt Dr. Louis Sachs

Technical Credits
Gary Fleder Director
Peter Afterman Musical Direction/Supervision
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
Nelson Coates Production Designer
Jeffrey Downer Executive Producer
Nana Greenwald Co-producer
Gyles Isham Score Composer
Mark Isham Score Composer
Patrick Smith Kelly Screenwriter
Andrew Klavan Co-producer
Arnold Kopelson Producer
Anne Kopelson Producer
Arnon Milchan Producer
Armen Minasian Editor
Ellen Mirojnick Costumes/Costume Designer
Amir Mokri Cinematographer
Tony Peckham Screenwriter
William Steinkamp Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. The Robbery (Main Titles) [1:04]
2. The Psychiatrist [7:00]
3. Elisabeth [:04]
4. Uninvited Guests [2:03]
5. The Conrads [1:01]
6. The Floater [3:14]
7. Where's Jessie? [3:47]
8. We Have Your Daughter [:32]
9. By Two Hands [1:12]
10. Emergency [:06]
11. No Percentage [3:21]
12. Counterfeit Schizophrenic [3:22]
13. A Talk With Elisabeth [1:06]
14. The Visitor [1:49]
15. The Croft Connection [:10]
16. Go Back.... [4:25]
17. Beneath the Surface [1:04]
18. Part of the Deal [1:36]
19. Daddy's Smart Little Girl [2:53]
20. Security Breach [2:06]
21. Aggie's Battle [:03]
22. The Way It Happened [1:53]
23. New Rules [:04]
24. To Hart Island [:15]
25. Face-to-Face [2:48]
26. The Number [:01]
27. Grave Error [2:47]
28. Cognitive Distortion [:32]
29. A Father's Fight [3:04]
30. Conrad's Justice [2:28]
31. Going Home [:28]
32. End Titles [2:29]

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Don't Say a Word 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thriller about father's kidnapped daughter, to get her back he must help kidnappers through traumatized girl while being pursued by a detective.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very exciting movie. It holds your attention and is very exciting. Even though michael douglas's acting is excellent, the performance that stands out to me is brittney murphys. I think the movie would have been a lost without her in the cast.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All I say is interesting story that was come up for the movie. Alright of a movie though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Outstanding movie. Intense psychological thriller keeping the viewers glued to the screen. Amazing performance by Brittany Murphy as traumatised teen, Elisabeth Burrows.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this movie.
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