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If You Could See What I Hear (1982)

A light comedy/love story based on the life of blind musician Tom Sullivan.

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Tom Sullivan
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Will Sly
Sarah Torgov ...
Patti Steffen
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Heather Johnson (as Shari Belafonte Harper)
Douglas Campbell ...
Porky Sullivan
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Mrs. Ruxton
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Bert
Barbara Gordon ...
Molly
Sharon Lewis ...
Helga
Lynda Mason Green ...
Sharon
Tony Van Bridge ...
Dr. Roger Wells
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Dean Franklin
David Gardner ...
Jack Steffen
Gary Reineke ...
Phil Lucas
Bob Warner ...
Sergeant
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Storyline

Tom Sullivan is in many ways a typical student attending a Boston area college, he, showing his immaturity, partaking in, often leading, mainly harmless student hijinks with his pipe smoking friend, Will Sly. He funnels many of his energies into his music as a singer/pianist. Tom also happens to be blind, which he's been since a newborn due to being provided too much oxygen while in an incubator. Tom is independently minded, and wants to be treated just like any sighted person. Like most men his age, he is also in the pursuit of the opposite sex, in the process of which he finds that he falls in love easily. Through all these activities, Tom is affected by real life including the temporariness of college life, some not being able to get over their own prejudices of being sighted in their dealings with him, and coming to the realization that there are some things more difficult to do in life when one is blind. Written by Huggo

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The true story of a born winner!


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23 April 1982 (USA)  »

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Au-delà du regard  »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 5,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,408,000 (USA) (25 April 1982)

Gross:

$8,693,512 (USA)
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Trivia

As stated in the end credits, the little girl Sullivan saved from drowning was not his girlfriend's little sister, as portrayed in the film, but actually his own daughter. See more »

Goofs

During the skydiving incident, Tom's friend takes off in a jeep on natural ground, but we hear the tires squeal as though he's on pavement. See more »

Quotes

Will Sly: He was saving his money to buy a braille bible, but instead he insisted on buying you these!
[Will presents Mrs. Ruxton a handful of red roses]
Mrs. Ruxton: [stunned] Oh, my! The O'Brien Red! Oh, but these are so expensive! You shouldn't have. Oh! I have a precious few of these in me own rose garden, you know...
[Mrs. Ruxton has just realized that Will took the roses from her garden]
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Stinkers of 1982 (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
(uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics Otto A. Harbach
Performed by Marc Singer & R.H. Thomson
Tom and Will sing the song in the shower when they first meet
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awesome movie
29 May 2002 | by (US) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie over and over again back in 1983 when it was on cable, and I absolutely loved it. It's a shame it's not available on VHS or DVD because it is such a good movie. I would love to see it again.


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