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Children of a Lesser God (1986)

A new speech teacher at a school for the deaf falls in love with the janitor, a deaf woman speechless by choice.

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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
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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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31 October 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Te amaré en silencio  »

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$1,909,084 (USA) (5 October 1986)

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$31,853,080 (USA)
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Multiple cars had the license tag "3952" -- a blue Ford and a brown Pontiac. 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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Jump (For My Love)
by Marti Sharron, Stephen Mitchell (as Steven Mitchell) & Gary Skardina
Performed by The Pointer Sisters
Courtesy of RCA Records
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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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