A standard hostage-crisis drama, DEAD SILENCE originally premiered on HBO prior to its release on home video.
After stealing $2 million dollars from a bank, three thieves--Ted (Kim Coates), Sonny (James Villemaire), and Shephard (Gary Basaraba)--take a busload of deaf students and their teacher hostage inside an abandoned slaughterhouse. John Potter (James Garner), a federal agent whose reputation has
been blighted by a hostage situation that went awry, takes a risk and leaves Sonny (who has pedophile tendencies) to watch the children.
Potter's handling of the crisis is interfered with by Assistant DA Roland Marks (Charles Martin Smith). On the bus, the chil...