A woman leaves her husband after the death of her child to teach deaf children how to speak. Her own child was deaf and although she has no formal training she successfully teaches one boy.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Medford
Dr. Ben Corcoran
Helen Gibbs
Chris Robinson ...
Elliot Medford
Lou Fant ...
Lyle Ferguson
Hazel Johnson
Lance LeGault ...
Edgar Wanbuck
Lucille Benson ...
Rose Metcalf
Jonathan Daly ...
Clyde Pruett
Lonny Chapman ...
Virgil Goodloe
Mervin Grimes
Molly Tribble
Caroline Chapman
Mrs. Lindey


In the early 20th century, a woman named Amy Medford runs away from her unsatisfying marriage to a rich man and the memories of their dead son to work as a speech teacher at a rural school for deaf and blind children. While the school's Matron, Malvina Dodd, questions her approach, eventually Amy breaks through to several of the children, especially Henry Watkins, a deaf boy who . Meanwhile, as her husband Elliot looks for her, another man, Dr. Ben Cochran, bonds with the children and seeks Amy's affections. Written by Attmay

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She taught them to speak. They taught her to love.


Family | Drama


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20 March 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amy on the Lips  »

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1.75 : 1
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The film was originally made-for-TV, produced for the Disney anthology series; it was released to theaters instead. See more »


So Many Ways
Music by Robert F. Brunner
Lyrics by Bruce Belland
Performed by Julie Budd
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Quiet, powerful film
11 December 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Amy" is the story of a woman's crusade to teach deaf children how to communicate at the turn of the century. It's not the film the original "Miracle Worker" is, but it's effective in it's own way. Jenny Agutter is the star of the film, and she makes it work. The impact of her loss and how much it affected her is pivotal to the film, and she's wonderful in the role. I shed a few tears during my initial viewing of the movie, and while it's not a tearjerker it's subject matter is emotional. It's not available anywhere at the moment, but if you can find it, it's worth a look.

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