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At Theaters: 9/28/2001 On Video: 2/19/2002
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 0 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 339918
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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Dr. Nathan Conrad is summoned by a colleague to examine Elisabeth Burrows. Little does Nathan suspect that Elisabeth and her cryptic message are tied to a danger that has closed in on him and his family. Nathan's daughter has been kidnapped by ruthless thieves, and to save her, he somehow must unlock a six-digit number locked away in Elisabeth's troubled mind.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Thriller - A somewhat slow paced thriller that should appeal to most adult moviegoers. The younger crowd will likely be bored through most of the movie.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Michael Douglas TRAFFIC, WONDER BOYS, A PERFECT MURDER, THE GAME
Sean Bean PATRIOT GAMES, RONIN
Brittany Murphy GIRL INTERRUPTED
Guy Torrey THE ANIMAL
Jennifer Esposito SUMMER OF SAM
Famke Janssen X-MEN, HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, DEEP RISING
Oliver Platt READY TO RUMBLE, GUN SHY, BICENTENNIAL MAN
Director: Gary Fleder KISS THE GIRLS
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 3 GD's, 16 F-words. Not that many other profanities.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: Some stabbings and a beating. Nothing too terribly graphic.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: Some explosions, chases and gun play. Nothing special.
COMEDY: Only a few mildly funny moments.
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Above Average

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USA TODAY  Full Review
Below Average "Don't say you weren't warned. There are instant clues that this ill-timed Michael Douglas vehicle is a dually unfortunate viewing experience. First, there's the obvious New York City setting, then there's the gloomy photography, foreboding music and general onscreen ineptitude.''

Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Good "..the heart of the movie is dull: Brittany Murphy's puzzle-brained psycho has too few layers, and the unraveling of her mystery is telegraphed and flashbacked to the point of numb monotony.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Above Average "Douglas has made roles like this his own, and redeems them by skirting just barely this side of overacting--which is about where a character in this plot should be positioned. Shame that his subtler and more human work in movies like ''Wonder Boys'' is seen by smaller audiences than his fatal/basic/instinct/attraction/disclosure movies.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Average "..this by-the-numbers psychological thrill ride is efficient and utterly soulless. The baddies are bad, the good guys are pure of heart, and the cinematography is suitably dispiriting, all blue and gray and bilious green.''

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 160 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
14
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
25
High
96%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
33
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
39
High
97%
30+Adults (F)
49
High
100%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
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Moviegoer Opinions:

My prediction was off on this one. Nearly everyone really enjoyed this movie. Only a few indicated they thought it was slow, which is what I thought. With only a very few opinions as low as "Good," this is obviously a movie with wide appeal. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND "DON'T SAY A WORD."

Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
Not as "Thrilling" as I like my Thrillers, but it has its moments. The story was interesting and entertaining, but I suspect some moviegoers will complain about the movies slow pace. If you go in knowing this is more of a psychological thriller, where the thrills are in the intricate plot, you will probably enjoy yourself more.

I would recommend "Don't Say a Word," but not real strongly, unless you're a big fan of psychological thrillers.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Preeminent New York psychiatrist Dr. Nathan Conrad has a successful Upper West Side practice, a beautiful wife and a charming daughter. Making his way home to begin a tranquil Thanksgiving holiday, Conrad is summoned by a colleague to examine a young woman. Elisabeth Burrows presents a history of unexplained violence and a miasma of failed treatments and misdiagnoses. In short, Elisabeth is the kind of case Nathan used to live for before he went "uptown." Now, he is Elisabeth's last chance before she is shipped off to a purgatory of state institutionalization.

Nathan's skills and intuition make headway into Elisabeth's case, and his curiosity is further aroused by her mysterious first words to him: "You want what they want, don't you? ... I'll never tell ... any of you.

Little does Nathan suspect that Elisabeth and her cryptic message are tied to a danger that has closed in on him and his family. Nathan's daughter has been kidnapped by ruthless thieves, and to save her, he somehow must unlock a six-digit number locked away in Elisabeth's troubled mind. There is no discussion, no negotiation. With his daughter's captors watching his every move, Nathan is trapped in a nightmare even he could never have envisioned. And as Nathan is reminded constantly by his tormentors: if he wants to see his daughter alive, he dare not say a single word.
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