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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Perkins
Ada Guthrie
Sammy Perkins
Alice Guthrie
Ormand Guthrie
Bessie Morgan
Doc Murphy
Allison Smith ...
Lisa Mae
Robert Priester ...
David Butler
Randy Williams ...
Rick Warner ...
Charles McLawhorn ...
Ike (as Edward Michael Hewett)


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 »


Ellie Perkins: What do you say, Grammie? Will you tutor her?
Bessie Morgan: Tutor her? Child, I don't think my house can survive tutoring her....
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Patricia Arquette is phenomenal!!!
28 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This has got to be the best movie, TV or otherwise, that I have ever seen. It does all the right things, touches your heart and takes you right into the lives of the characters. Patricia Arquette is one of the best actresses of all time. She rarely gets credit for her work, she deserves so much more. All of the characters are wonderfully played and the chemistry is incredible. What a great movie for everyone to watch. I think that all people can benefit greatly from watching this movie. It delves into a part of human suffering that more often than not isn't mentioned or is just glanced over. Although I am not deaf, I have had experiences with deaf people and they are some the most animated and expressive people I've ever met. Patrica Arquette plays her character so well, that it's hard to realized that she's not really deaf. Actors like her are few and far between.

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