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-techSee more details below

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).

Editorial Reviews

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:
09/13/2011
UPC:
0024543720515
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:53:00

Special Features

Scene-Specific Commentaries by Michael Douglas, Sean Bean, Brittany Murphy, Famke Janssen and Oliver Platt; ; Commentary by Director Gary Fleder; Conversation with Director Gary Fleder; Thriller Themes; Inside A Scene; Deleted Scenes; Making-Of Featurette; ; Set Tour Featurette; Screening Room Dailies; Brittany Murphy Screen Test; ; Storyboard-to-Screen Comparisons

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

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