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Hear No Evil

A terminally dull would-be thriller, Hear No Evil has a perfunctory story [by R.M. Badat and Danny Rubin] with the gimmick of a deaf damsel-in-distress grafted on uncertainly. Oscar-winner Marlee Matlin's talents are wasted.

Cast:
Marlee Matlin D.B. Sweeney Martin Sheen John C. McGinley Christina Carlisi Greg Elam

A terminally dull would-be thriller, Hear No Evil has a perfunctory story [by R.M. Badat and Danny Rubin] with the gimmick of a deaf damsel-in-distress grafted on uncertainly. Oscar-winner Marlee Matlin’s talents are wasted.

Matlin plays a physical trainer in Portland whose client (John C. McGinley) hides a rare stolen coin in her beeper before being nabbed by the cops.

McGinley’s car blows up and corrupt cop Martin Sheen starts harassing Matlin to retrieve the coin. McGinley’s pal D.B. Sweeney takes Matlin under his wing and the duo finally bring in the FBI to catch Sheen.

Director Robert Greenwald and his scripters show little flair for suspense, nuance or even elementary thrills. In the final reel Matlin has a cat and mouse sequence trapped in a mountain lodge with the killer, but unlike such effective films as Wait Until Dark, her handicap (deafness) is not used as an equalizer but instead merely increases her jeopardy.

Hear No Evil

Production: Great Movie Ventures/20th Century-Fox. Dir Robert Greenwald; Producer David Matalon; Screenplay R.M. Badat, Kathleen Rowell; Camera Steven Shaw; Editor Eva Gardos; Music Graeme Revell Art Dir Bernt Capra

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1993. Running time: 97 MIN.

With: Marlee Matlin D.B. Sweeney Martin Sheen John C. McGinley Christina Carlisi Greg Elam

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