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Sentimental story centers around a deaf-mute, Singer, and Mick, a teenager who lives in the house where he rents a room. Mick and Singer become friends, though they are separated by Singer's lack of communication ability and Mick's struggle with teenage traumas. The lives of the people Singer touches are varied, linked only by their friendship with Singer. His friends include a deaf-mute, a drunk, a and a doctor. Singer does his best to help those around him solve their problems, but who is there to help him solve his own? Written by
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[to Singer with great irony]
Strange how life works itself out! Here I am... a man who has hated all whites for as long as I can remember. Now, in the last year of my life, a secret, shared only by us, links me closer to you than anyone else. A superb joke... if you have a sense of humor.
[singer reluctantly shakes his head 'no']
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This is, as promoted, simply a nice story about a really good guy: a deaf mute who helps some people and, in the end, desperately needed someone to help him.
Alan Arkin is memorable as the deaf mute and Sondra Locke, in her first screen role, also shines as the second lead. A pity Locke was never given roles this meaty since then. Percy Rodriguez also is memorable here.
Since this is good storytelling, from a best-selling book by Carson McCullers, all the characters here stand out. It's not a fast-moving film yet it is an involving story in which the viewer winds up caring about these people. Yes, the ending is sad and shocking but, in this case, a good ending because it makes you reflect more on what perhaps you and I neglect to do: to remember that everyone needs encouragement from time to time, even the encouragers.
This movie a throwback to some of the nice films of the 1940s, except that, despite being rated "G," there were several instances of profanity in here, including one usage of the Lord's name in vain. Still one for the whole family.
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