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...And Your Name Is Jonah (1979)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  28 January 1979 (USA)
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A couple whose son had been diagnosed as mentally retarded, and was institutionalized, are shocked to discover that the diagnosis was wrong, and that their son is deaf, not retarded.

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Jenny Corelli
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Danny Corelli
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Connie
Titos Vandis ...
Grandpa
Penny Santon ...
Grandma
Ruth Manning ...
Mrs. Marquardt
Jeffrey Bravin ...
Jonah
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Dickie
Erica Yohn ...
Jenny's Mother
Antony Ponzini ...
Larry (as Anthony Ponzini)
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Ann
Jeremy Licht ...
Anthony
Rose Barbato ...
Carmella
Tracee Lyles ...
1st Aide
Robin Pearson Rose ...
Kate
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A couple whose son had been diagnosed as mentally retarded, and was institutionalized, are shocked to discover that the diagnosis was wrong, and that their son is deaf, not retarded.

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...Y te llamas Jonás  »

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Why hasn't this been released on DVD yet?
31 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this as a 9 year old kid and to this day the movie hasn't left me. Some of the scenes I remember are when Jonah's Grandpa died working at his produce stand, Jonah taking his brother's Spider man doll and putting him in the oven (he was totally afraid of Spider Man) and Jonah taking a spill on his bike when a car almost hit him. I do remember the deaf man helping out and Jonah giving him the positive reinforcement as he learned more and more sign of the language.

I, too, remember poor Jonah being tied up to the table while Sally Struther's watched helplessly at him. It made my cry then, and just thinking about it now makes my eyes water. Still, it's not to be meant as a depressing movie but a testament of courage and hope. A must have and I hope it gets a DVD release soon.


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