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Children of a Lesser God (1986) Poster

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James Leeds: You can't start a bonfire and then say night night.

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James Leeds: [talking to Sarah while she is in the university swimming pool after hours] You are the most mysterious, beautiful, angry person I have ever met. I am falling in l...

[Sarah quickly backs away from the pool ledge, clearly uneasy]

James Leeds: Sarah... Sarah! I am falling... into the pool with you!

[falls forward into pool]

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James Leeds: Do you think there's someplace where we can meet that's not in silence and not in sound?

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[Translating Sarah's sign language]

James Leeds: Sex was always something I could do as well as hearing girls. Better.

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James Leeds: I can't ever get close enough. Say my name, just once, say my name.

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James Leeds: [at the end of the school year, James encounters deaf student William who has a tendency to use his newly-developed speech skills for profanity] Language skills can be dangerous, so use a little common sense. So long, William.

William: So long, fuck-face!

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James Leeds: Speak to me!

Sarah Norman: [screams] Here you go! Hear my words! Hear my voice! Ah, you want more than that? I'm gonna scream!

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James Leeds: Hi. I'm James Leeds. My signing is rusty so how many of you can read lips?

[after a moment of silence]

James Leeds: No one? OK. Class dismissed!

[Everybody leaves the class]

James Leeds: No, no, no, no. Just testing, sit down. Lydia and Tony, good lip-readers.

[to Johnny]

James Leeds: Do you mind closing your notebook?

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Dr. Curtis Franklin: Yelling at the back of a deaf person, very good James.

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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...

[signing like a long time ago]

Dr. Curtis Franklin: But nobody's trying to change the world around here. Just trying to help a few deaf kids get along a little better. But that's all. Everything else is razzle-dazzle. Am I making myself clear?

James Leeds: Yes, I believe that are you.

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