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Silent Fall

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bruce Beresford
Produced by James G. Robinson
Written by Akiva Goldsman
Starring Richard Dreyfuss
Linda Hamilton
John Lithgow
J.T. Walsh
Liv Tyler
Music by Stewart Copeland
Cinematography Peter James
Editing by Ian Crafford
Studio Morgan Creek
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) October 28, 1994
Running time 101 min.
Country United States
Language English

Silent Fall is a 1994 mystery film about an autistic boy who is the only witness to a savage double murder. The film was directed by Bruce Beresford, and stars Richard Dreyfuss, Linda Hamilton, John Lithgow, J.T. Walsh, and Liv Tyler.



The plot revolves around Tim, an autistic boy. The film begins with our learning that Tim has supposedly witnessed his parents' double murder. Richard Dreyfuss plays Jake, a former child psychiatrist turned therapist who is called upon to probe the child's mind in order to solve the case. The psychological drama is provided by the fact that not even Jake can entice Tim to communicate about what he has or has not seen regarding the crime. Tim's sister, Sylvie, exerts a strong protective impulse towards Tim, and those who in her view do not adequately appreciate his condition. Although she eventually warms to the efforts of Jake, and even finds herself romantically drawn to him, she maintains some distance, suspecting that the police, as well as Jake, do not have her brother's best interests at heart.

To this end, we observe Sylvie's efforts to research Jake's past. She discovers, for example, that he was implicated in the suicide of a young child who was under his care (though Jake was never convicted, the plot suggests that this has left lingering doubts in his mind).

Main cast


  • Color: Color (Technicolor)
  • Sound Mix: Dolby
  • Certification: Argentina:13 / Spain:13 / UK:15 / USA:R

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