A Deadly Silence

 (32)5.51 h 34 min198916+
Long Island teenager Cheryl Pierson orchestrated the murder of her electrician father James Pierson in February of 1986. This film delves into the "extenuating circumstances" surrounding the murder, without insinuating that Cheryl was innocent. At age 4, and continuing for at least 5 years, Cheryl endured sexual abuse at the hands of her father, forcing her into a "deadly silence" of shame.
John Patterson
Mike FarrellBruce WeitzDavid Schwimmer
English [CC]
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Grace ZabriskieWallace LanghamCharles HaidRichard PortnowSally StruthersJeff CoreyIrene TedrowPatricia GaulRandy Oglesby
Paul LussierPhilip KleinbartJennifer MillerRobert Greenwald
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DANNIReviewed in the United States on January 30, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I told for the first time last year...I'm 62 years old.
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E.R.Reviewed in the United States on July 28, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Dated movie, but still relevant today
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As said, movie was a little dated, but the subject matter is still relevant. I wonder why the judge didn't take into account that the mother was aware of the situation and was also physically abused but did not contact authorities and then died from her abuse. But the judge thinks a child who had been abused from 11 years old was capable of going against her father and the legal system all by herself. She would most likely have been killed by her father like her mother was.
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Cheapskater999Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
One of only a handful of films about incest!
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I'm a big fan of True Crime TV shows and films because they give me strong insights into human nature as well as the difficulties and limitations inherent in our legal institutions. Though a little dated (released in 1989), this film covers a lot of broad territory concerning the problem of incest. Even though I worked with children and teens for many years in social service settings, I still learned a lot from it. So I recommend it for anyone who is at all interested in the subject.
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Mentok302Reviewed in the United States on March 6, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Reaffirms why I always found Scwimmer so punchable
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They couldn't have cast it better! David Scwimmer as the bf that's too much of a punk to do it himself AND rats out his own girl to boot. If there was any justice he should've gotten 25 years for being a bitch instead of his bro that did the job. Or perhaps I just have an irrational hatred for him being the most punch-able character ever on Friends?
CarolReviewed in the United States on February 15, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good handling of a bad topic
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This was an okay movie dealing with a sensitive topic. It was interesting to me that so many people had suspicions but no one reported anything to the proper authorities. Also interesting that the sister (Strothers) refused to believe it despite overwhelming testimony and the statement of fact from the judge. Overall not a bad movie considering the dated feel of it.
Jim SpencerReviewed in the United States on May 6, 2017
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Dirty little Secret
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The storyline in this movie is all too common, just not talked about. Incest is that dirty little secret that is all too often swept under the rug, and on rare occasion turns deadly. It may not for everyone to watch, but this movie is good in that it exposes the subject to public consciousness.
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Ele ThompsonReviewed in the United States on May 1, 2019
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The drama
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A pretty good look at violence in the family
t beldenReviewed in the United States on January 23, 2018
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Three Stars
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She only got 6 months in jail. Why was she so upset?
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