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Don't Say a Word

Don't Say a Word is a 2001 psychological thriller film based on the novel of the same title by Andrew Klavan. Don't Say a Word was directed by Gary Fleder and written by Anthony Peckham and Patrick Smith Kelly.


A group of thieves steal a rare $10 million gem, but in the process, two of the men double cross their leader Patrick (Sean Bean), and take off with the precious stone. Ten years later on the day before Thanksgiving, prominent private practise Manhattan child psychiatrist Dr. Nathan R. Conrad (Michael Douglas) is invited by his friend and former colleague Dr. Louis Sachs (Oliver Platt), to examine a disturbed young woman named Elisabeth (Brittany Murphy) at the state sanatorium. Having been released on 4th November, Patrick's gang break-in on an apartment which over views Conrad's family apartment, including his wife Aggie (Famke Janssen) who has a broken leg from a skiing accident, and bright daughter Jessie (Skye McCole Bartusiak) who has learnt some of her fathers psychological tricks. That evening, Patrick kidnaps Nathan's daughter - while, Detective Sandra Cassidy (Jennifer Esposito) is called to investigate the unexplained murders of the driver and his sister of Patrick's gang four days earlier. The next morning Patrick forces Nathan to attempt during the holiday to get Elisabeth to reveal a secret six-digit number which will ultimately lead Patrick to the whereabouts of the precious gem that has eluded him.



Like many modern films, most of the filming for costs reasons was undertaken in Canada. The Canal Street subway station was actually filmed in Toronto's "Bay Lower" unused subway station, with $150,000 was spent on set dressing. The Toronto Transit Commission was so impressed with the New York conversion that they actually requested the set to be left up after filming was completed to attract future filming revenue, but fire inspectors deemed it a hazard and it was taken down three weeks later.

Surveilance and technology features heavily in the film, so much that in characterisation the shots of Bean speaking to Douglas and Janssen on the cell phone is real. Janssen's character has to play with a GameBoy at one point in the film, a skill taught to her by Skye McCole Bartusiak.


The films musical score was composed by Mark Isham. The soundtrack contains eight songs from various scene including; the Heist, the Kidnapping, and the horrific events at the Subway.

Some of the music in the film includes the following songs and performers:

  1. Funky Cold Medina by Tone Loc
  2. 5 By Steve by Steve Weisberg
  3. Fee Fie Foo by Louis Prima
  4. Promises by India.Arie
  5. Pride & Joy by Marvin Gaye
  6. Dream a Little, Dream of Me by Ella Fitzgerald
  7. Pink Toenails by Martie Maguire and Laura Lynch, sung by Skye McCole Bartusiak


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