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Children of a Lesser God (1986)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  3 October 1986 (USA)
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James is a new speech teacher at a school for the deaf. He falls for Sarah, a pupil who decided to stay on at the school rather than venture into the big bad world. She shuns him at first, ... See full summary »

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Mrs. Norman
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Dr. Curtis Franklin
Allison Gompf ...
Lydia
John F. Cleary ...
Johnny
Philip Holmes ...
Glen
Georgia Ann Cline ...
Cheryl
William D. Byrd ...
Danny
Frank Carter Jr. ...
Tony
John Limnidis ...
William
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Orin
E. Katherine Kerr ...
Mary Lee Ochs
John Basinger ...
Alan Jones
Barry Magnani ...
Tom Schuyler
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James is a new speech teacher at a school for the deaf. He falls for Sarah, a pupil who decided to stay on at the school rather than venture into the big bad world. She shuns him at first, refusing to read his lips and only using signs. Will her feelings change over time? Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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Love has a language all of its own.

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3 October 1986 (USA)  »

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Children of a Lesser God  »

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$31,853,080 (USA)
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According to the book "Hollywood Speaks: Deafness and the Film Entertainment Industry" (1999) by John S. Schuchman, the film was the first major motion picture since the 1926 silent film You'd Be Surprised (1926) to cast a deaf / hearing impaired actor in a major role. See more »

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The DVD back lists a main character as "John" Leeds, when the name should be "JAMES" Leeds. See more »

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[first lines]
Dr. Curtis Franklin: This is the most amazing résumé I've ever seen.
James Leeds: I've been with some really good schools. The best.
Dr. Curtis Franklin: All of them. All of the best. One right after another. You've also been with the Lucky Erin Bar and Grill.
James Leeds: Pittsburgh. Bartender.
Dr. Curtis Franklin: And a disc jockey.
James Leeds: Yeah, that was in Oklahoma. I used to broadcast in sign language.
Dr. Curtis Franklin: You've covered all the map, Mr. Leeds.
James Leeds: I've got a lot of energy.
Dr. Curtis Franklin: I'm sure you do have a lot of energy and a lot of new ideas. I did too when...
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Beautiful and Touching
2 April 2004 | by (Butler, GA) – See all my reviews

Hollywood is full of overly wrought love stories in which the conflict seems contrived merely to create drama or comedy or both. In Children of a Lesser God the love is so simple, and the conflict so believable, that it feels less like watching a movie, and more like watching friends walk through their own personal story. The attraction between Matlin and Hurt is obvious, but genuine, and is filled with the kind of "touches" that make it feel real. It is also a visually beautiful film. Each shot is set like a still photographer capturing an image. The overwhelming beauty of the New Brunswick coast creates a background for the film that leaves one with the feeling of watching a moving painting. Matlin has unfortunately not since been offered anything near this piece in which to display her amazing talent. It is a shame that a woman who could stand alongside Katherine Hepburn and Jodie Foster as all time great actresses is not having the opportunity to display that talent because of her hearing disability.


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