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Silent Witness (1999)

William Hurt , Jennifer Tilly , Dick Maas  |  R |  DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Hurt, Jennifer Tilly, Francesca Brown, Denis Leary, Michael Chiklis
  • Directors: Dick Maas
  • Writers: Dick Maas
  • Producers: Dick Maas, Heinz Lehmann, Heinz Thym, Laurens Geels, Martin Lagestee
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: January 2, 2001
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000053VC1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,904 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Silent Witness" on IMDb

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William Hurt, Jennifer Tilly, Dennis Leary, Michael Chiklis Walter Richmond is in Amsterdam with his beautiful wife Cathryn and daughter Melissa to close a business deal worth millions. But in a bizarre twist, Melissa, who is mute, witnesses a grisly murder. Now, she must stay one step ahead of the perpetrators until Walter and Cathryn piece together the puzzle behind the disappearance of their lost daughter, and find her before it's too late.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of My Favorite Films- Watch It Over & Over ! December 22, 2008
I clicked on Amazon to direct a friend to get her own copy of this movie and was shocked to see the bad reviews. This is an enthralling, completely unique and interesting movie. It takes a dark subject and makes it into a story of triump for the protagonist of the story... a 10-year-old American girl who is a deaf-mute. She is visiting with her parents and accidently witnesses a murder, then is chased through the streets of Amsterdam, outwitting the her would-be assassins. The Amsterdam setting creates a perfect backdrop and the endless plot twists and action escapes are brilliant. To me, this is another version of the HOME ALONE movies - but far more interesting and definitely more cultural. And the star is a young girl - and don't we need more movies with young women taking the lead? Francesca Brown, the young star of the movie, deserves an award for her magnificent portrayal of a victim turned into a heroine. All girls and young women will appreciate this rare treat. Everyone who has watched this film with me always wants to watch it again and again as it has so many interesting plot twists and great action scenes. Note: originally released in 1999 as DO NOT DISTURB.
I highly recommend this film.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars In a Word: Terrible June 19, 2001
It is hard to imagine William Hurt in a film that is absolutely terrible but he manages it in this lame vehicle. He even has trouble maintaining a Southern accent throughout the film, sometimes using one, sometimes not. Dennis Leary, the comic turned actor, is also wasted here but his onscreen time is very small. The plot is that Hurt's daughter, a mute ten year old, witnesses a murder in Amsterdam. For the rest of the movie, the villain's hit man tries to kill the girl. Not only can this ten year old manage to constantly foil a "professional," but this hit man must have failed Hit Man School. He absolutely cannot do anything right in carrying out his job and cannot even manage to own a gun that works properly. Bottom line: steer clear of this one.

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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent comedy thriller February 10, 2001
This stylish, well-directed comedy thriller by Holland's Dick Maas (Amsterdamned; The Lift) played on cable television under its original title, Do Not Disturb, and is highly recommended, a sort of cross between Mute Witness and Home Alone. The cast and production values are top notch, with only a silly and weak last fifteen minutes keeping it from being a five star recommendation. It is, however, better than any Hollywood thrillers that were released in theaters in 2000, and I think Disney (which produced this, apparantly as a kids movie in Europe) missed the boat by not giving it a theatrical run in the USA. As for the ignorant previous review, the movie takes place in Amsterdamn both because the writer/director is Dutch and because it makes a great location. The setting is an essential part of the film, which was shot in English with American faces to make it an easier international sell. I originally taped this off cable and everyone I lent it to loved it. I can't wait to get the DVD and finally see it widescreen.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I want my hour and forty minutes back ! ! ! May 16, 2007
I just wish there was a way to rate this one with negative stars. I've never rated anything, but cannot bear the thought of some other poor bored soul losing precious time with this stinker. I watch a lot of movies, and this may very well be the worst I've ever seen. To quote the person who watched it with me "Shame on William Hurt. Shame on Denis Leary and Jennifer Tilley. Shame on the kid who brought sandwiches to the set at lunch!"

Apparently there were no Dutch in Amsterdam while filming this because everyone spoke with an American accent. Maybe the Dutch read the script first and knew better.

If you want to spin a positive on this movie, then turn it into a drinking game. Every time Bill Hurt switches back and forth from a Southern drawl to his normal voice, take a shot of your favorite liquor. Mercifully you will pass out before wasting time on the ending.
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4.0 out of 5 stars campy fun and great Amsterdam May 20, 2007
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This movie was so unbelievable, it was fun. Agreed with the opinions of the great Amsterdam scenes. I had never seen a movie made there. Charming place.

I enjoyed the boat bum. All the parts where the girl gets the best of the hitman were so unbelievable. In one part a supposed 10-year-old (she looks 16, if she's a day), swings from a beam in an elevator shaft and kicks the hitman off balance. Picture a normal sized 10-year-old girl doing this. Which makes the whole thing really nutty. Oh, and the ambulance chase with the William Hurt character hanging on outside was pure Charlie Chaplin. I expected him to lose an arm grabbing the crowbar at such high speed. I cringed at the crashes and hoped nothing in that lovely antique town was damaged.
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1.0 out of 5 stars How the Mighty Have Fallen October 26, 2008
This is a must-see for anyone who wants to witness the depths to which a great Academy Award winning actor will travel. Also, it is a must-see to witness one of the most side-splittingly funny scenes ever filmed. Wait patiently until the end when the gurney falls out of the back of the ambulance. I laughed til I cried.

It's difficult to tell whether this film was intentionally funny or just happened to turn out that way accidentally. The plot is delirious and the acting atrocious, but the city of Amsterdam has a great chance to shine and is perhaps the only star of this movie worthy of recognition.

This film is worth seeing because of how incredibly bad it is. Like the accident you can't help staring at.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Another "Parents are stupid" movie
The one star I give this movie is for Francesca Brown. The young woman who plays the daughter of two incompetent parents. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Witness
This is an interesting story. Starts a little slow but picks up and is entertaining. William Hurt is a good actor
Published 17 months ago by dallas1
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Awful
This is the kind of movie for which there should be a 0 star rating. Totally ridiculous - from their dialogue and their actions one would assume that the combined IQ of them would... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Harry O
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent movie
nice to have the three movies all together, plus the jack frost on this dvd is unavailable otherwise. great entertaining stories for a stormy night.
Published 20 months ago by christine c. marchand
1.0 out of 5 stars Painfully Bad.
I think the target was comedy but the director and script missed the mark. Hurt and Tilly must have received no direction and worse script because they come off as zombies. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Birder Girl
3.0 out of 5 stars Silly, Impossible Action in Amsterdam Starring Hurt & Tilly
Well, I admit, this is a very, very silly film by cult Dutch film maker Dick Maas, starring William Hurt, Jennifer Tilly, and Dennis Leary. Read more
Published on May 20, 2004 by Tsuyoshi
3.0 out of 5 stars Movie set in Amsterdam
An American businessman, played by William Hurt, takes his family to Amsterdam on a combined business/pleasure trip. While they are there his daughter, a mute, witnesses a murder. Read more
Published on March 16, 2002 by Karen Potts
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst movies ever made...
We watched this because William Hurt USUALLY is a good actor. Not the case in this movie. What was this supposed to be? Read more
Published on March 20, 2001 by Thomas W. Durick
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