Don't Say a Word

  • 15
  • Gary Fleder (2001)
  • US / Aus
  • 108 min
Don't Say a Word
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Michael Douglas stars in this frenetic thriller as psychiatrist Nathan Conrad, whose comfortable existence is shattered when his young daughter is kidnapped. The ransom for her return is a six-digit number locked in the memory of near-catatonic mental patient Brittany Murphy. Douglas must therefore delve into the girl's damaged psyche, retrieve the number and deliver it to kidnapper Sean Bean - and he has one day to do it. While the premise is faintly ludicrous and some of the plot developments heavily signposted - Nathan's wife (Famke Janssen) is laid up in their apartment with a broken leg - the compelling performances from Douglas and Murphy, and the pacey direction of Gary Fleder (Kiss the Girls) make it an enjoyable ride.

Plot Summary

Thriller starring Michael Douglas. Psychiatrist Nathan Conrad is contacted on Thanksgiving by a man who has kidnapped the doctor's daughter. The ransom is for information locked away in the psyche of one of Conrad's patients, which may lead to the whereabouts of a precious gem.

Cast and crew


Dr Nathan Conrad
Michael Douglas (1)
Patrick B Koster
Sean Bean
Elisabeth Burrows
Brittany Murphy
Jessie Conrad
Skye McCole Bartusiak
Martin J Dolen
Guy Torry
Det Sandra Cassidy
Jennifer Esposito
Russel Maddox
Shawn Doyle
Sydney Simon
Victor Argo
Aggie Conrad
Famke Janssen
Dr Louis Sachs
Oliver Platt


Gary Fleder

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on video and DVD
Released 22 Feb 2002
Certificate 15