- Actors: Richard Dreyfuss, Linda Hamilton, John Lithgow, J.T. Walsh, Ben Faulkner
- Directors: Bruce Beresford
- Writers: Akiva Goldsman
- Producers: Gary Barber, James G. Robinson, Jim Kouf, Lynn Kouf, Penelope L. Foster
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
- Rated: R (Restricted)
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- VHS Release Date: March 26, 1996
- Run Time: 101 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 6303398685
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,056 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Silent Fall begins in the aftermath at the residence with Tim holding the knife which is presumed to be the murder weapon. The eighteen year-old sister Sylvie is portrayed by Liv Tyler, and hiding in her closet, apparently attacked by the intruder. Supposedly she was shopping at the mall and came home while the murders were taking place.
Law enforcement has enlisted the assistance of a psychiatrist played by Richard Dreyfuss, who immediately informs them the child is autistic and sends one of the officers around the house in search of a deck of cards. At first Jake runs out not wanting to get involved with the case, but a moment later enters the house and is able to render the knife away from Tim.
Since the sister is eighteen the issue of who will take care of Tim is never really addressed, although they did stay with some relative for one day, but the incident at the dinner table resulted in Tim tearing up the kitchen.
I believe this was the first role for Liv Tyler, and her acting was quite rigid at times with no real facial expressions or hints of sadness at the loss of her parents. You could tell the compassion for her brother, but this was by the tone in her voice at times it became higher pitched.
John Lithgow plays Dr.Read more ›
Aussie director Bruce Beresford is something more than a good artisan. He is an artist, even if not so very recognized in the USA, where he received "only" two Oscar nominations. He has been endorsed with four Golden Berlin Bear nominations and a huge variety of awards.
He has delivered at least one unforgettable film: "Driving Miss Daisy" (1989).
At the present movie he manages to present a not very complicated thread as to what happened the crime's day, yet full of surprises and twists.
He also shows a sure hand directing boy actor Ben Faulkner in his only movie appearance.
The story is as follows a brutal butchery is perpetrated in well-to-do family's mansion.
A couple is stabbed to death, their teenage daughter is found alive but bloodied and in shock inside a closet and their ten years old autistic son has a huge knife in his hands and refuse to give it to the police or calm down.
The worried Sheriff resorts to his friend Dr. Jake Rainer to help him out of this situation.
From here on, a classic "whodunit" situation arises: the two witnesses are handicapped one way or the other. The girl wasn't able to see murder's face and was violently thrown into unconsciousness. The boy has seen everything but is unable to communicate verbally with coherence and answer questions.
No other clues arise from the following investigation.
When all leads are followed to no result the Sheriff is forced to recur to Dr. Harlinger's help. He is psychiatrist and prone to use drugs. Dr. Rainer interposes and asks to let him try to extract the information from the deeps of Timmy's mind.Read more ›
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I liked the movie;I love a good gripping mystery movie.I wll say this,you don't know how good you got it when you are in good health and have a good state of mind. Read morePublished 5 months ago by d1z3
Silent Fall is a 1994 thriller about a therapist (Richard Dreyfuss) attempting to help an autistic boy talk about what he saw after the tragic death of both his parents. Read morePublished 6 months ago by SimC
this was one of those hidden gems that did not get the exposure it diserved..
Did not disappoint that's for sure...
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