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Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Actors: William Hurt, Jennifer Tilly, Denis Leary, Francesca Brown, Michael Chiklis
Director: Dick Maas
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
R     2001     1hr 34min

Walter richmond is in amsterdam with his beautiful wife cathryn and their daughter melissa to close a business deal worth millions. But in a bizarre twist melissa who is mute witnesses a grisly murder. Now they need to fig...  more »


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Actors: William Hurt, Jennifer Tilly, Denis Leary, Francesca Brown, Michael Chiklis
Director: Dick Maas
Creators: Marc Felperlaan, Dick Maas, Heinz Lehmann, Heinz Thym, Laurens Geels, Martin Lagestee
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 01/02/2001
Original Release Date: 01/01/1999
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1999
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 34min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Sandra F. (Sami) from ST PETERSBURG, FL
Reviewed on 2/19/2009...
This was supposed to be a thriller? First of all, this is the worst acting I have seen in a long time. I always liked William Hurt but in this movie he was more like a high school drama kid. His wife acted like a bimbo with no natural motherly instincts. The only saving grace of the movie was Denis Leary who had pretty much a cameo role, but was good at it. This movie was more of a farce than a thriller. It was so bad it was funny. Good for a laugh, but that's about all.

Movie Reviews

One of the worst movies ever made...
jetski1100 | 03/21/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)

"We watched this because William Hurt USUALLY is a good actor. Not the case in this movie. What was this supposed to be? Was this a really bad comedy with an attempt at suspense, or a really bad suspense with some comedy mixed in? Regardless of the intent, the acting is weaker than a Freshman high school play, the plot is grossly anemic and the setting is meaningless. PLEASE don't rent, buy, recommend or even look at the box of this movie. If a "friend" recommends this to you as a great movie, make new friends!"
Excellent comedy thriller
Joe Smart | Chicago, IL USA | 02/10/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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."
In a Word: Terrible
carol irvin | United States | 06/19/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)

"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."