Silence Like Glass

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Silence Like Glass
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Directed byCarl Schenkel
Produced byMichael Röhrig
Carl Schenkel
Written byBea Hellmann
Carl Schenkel
StarringJami Gertz
Martha Plimpton
George Peppard
Bruce Payne
Rip Torn
Music byAnne Dudley
Distributed byMoviestore Entertainment
Release date
  • 1989 (1989)
Running time
104 minutes
United States

Silence Like Glass (German title: Zwei Frauen) is a 1989 German-American drama film. Though made in Germany, it is set in America and features an American cast with all English dialogue. The film stars Jami Gertz, Martha Plimpton, George Peppard, Bruce Payne, and Rip Torn.


Eva is a wealthy, snobbish ballerina who is diagnosed with cancer. She is admitted into the youth cancer ward at a hospital where she is forced into humility by her disease. She rooms with fellow cancer patient Claudia, and the majority of the film revolves around their interactions together in their hospital room. She is treated with "concern and compassion" by Dr. Burton.

Ultimately Eva goes into remission and is able to continue her life, but not before witnessing another young woman's death and also assisting Claudia to suicide.



Filming took place in West Germany.[1]

Actress Martha Plimpton shaved her head for this role, a move that would influence the direction of her career for the next several years. She appeared bald in the 1989 film Parenthood and accompanied her then-boyfriend River Phoenix to the Oscars with a bald head.


The film was nominated for Outstanding Feature Film at the German Film Awards.


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