An abused and partially deaf girl is helped back into society by two resourceful children.

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Jack Perkins
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Alice Guthrie
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Ike (as Edward Michael Hewett)
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One day Sammy and his younger sister Ellie happen upon a cabin where Alice, a young, partially deaf girl with epilepsy is being kept by her abusive stepfather. The three soon become friends and hope to get Alice an education and help her escape from the torture she undergoes daily. However, Alice's stepfather soon finds out about the friendship Alice has struck up and punishes her brutally. This story of friendship and youth shows that everyone is human and deserves to be treated so, no matter their disability or weakness. Written by David Rush

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3 December 1991 (USA)  »

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Television debut of Reese Witherspoon. See more »

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Sammy Perkins: What did I do that was so wrong? You were embarrassed too.
Ellie Perkins: I was embarrassed for her but I wasn't ashamed of no-one but you.
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The Waltons meet Helen Keller ...
6 May 2003 | by (Norwich, England) – See all my reviews

Was genuinely moved by the content of this tale of extremes of human nature. The barbarity of keeping a young girl in a shed versus the humanitarian sincerity was handled well by actress-director Diane Keaton. Patricia Arquette in particular must have found it difficult to play her role as the disadvantaged AND hearing-impaired Alice, uttering her lines as a deaf woman... with all the embarrassment that must go with it.

Perhaps I have been alone too long. Or perhaps - over-educated and right after yet another vicious superpower vs. small nation war, with the subsequent revelations of bestial cruelty - I am still surprised by humankind's inhumanity to humankind.

But there are pinpricks of light out there, somewhere. And with that thought, Humankind still has, at the very least, some hope...


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