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Breaking Through (1996)

Laura is a 20 year old deaf girl who has never been taught sign language. She is rescued from neglect and physical abuse by Pam, a social worker. Pam teaches her how to communicate and uncovers Laura's true personality.

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Pam Willis (as Jobeth Williams)
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Ned Burkett
Aaron Kubey ...
Doug
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Ray Keyes
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Mike
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Amy
Jennifer Delora ...
Sister Anne
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John Sanchez
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Barbara
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Joe, Amy's Husband
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Erika Lynn Dickson ...
Margie
Maggie Fleming ...
Paula
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Laura is a 20 year old deaf girl who has never been taught sign language. She is rescued from neglect and physical abuse by Pam, a social worker. Pam teaches her how to communicate and uncovers Laura's true personality. Written by Bandimal <bandimal@yahoo.com>

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Even when you make no sound, a silent scream for help may still be heard.

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30 December 1996 (USA)  »

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Breaking Free  »

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Laura Keyes: [singing] I'm afraid.
Pam Willis: [signing] Don't be afraid. Just tell the truth.
Pam Willis: [after Laura uses the stay away from me sign on her father] Shall we go in?
Laura Keyes: [in her own voice] Thank you, Pam.
Pam Willis: [signing] You've been keeping secrets.
Pam Willis: [as she and Laura sign I love you] I love you too.
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Maudlin and Paternalistic
19 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm sorry to disagree with the masses here, but I found this movie to be terribly cloying. The acting was earnest, and Kellie Martin and JoBeth Williams do what they can with the script. But, please, spare us yet ANOTHER movie where a poor, victimized disabled person comes to terms with life via the help of a benevolent social worker who cares...REALLY CARES (and WHY is there the obligatory element of the social worker risking her job because she just CARES too damn much?).

Another point to make here: Jennifer, if you had to teach Kellie Martin how to seem Deaf for this role, let me give you a word of advice: how's about they hire a DEAF ACTRESS?! This movie highlighted all of the worst stereotypes about Deafness: Deaf are helpless, Deaf are victims, Deaf want to speak, Speaking is good, Hearning people must save Deaf people, Hearing people must play Deaf roles because Deaf people are incapable of acting their own experiences (Marlee Matlin aside) ...enough already.

By the way, I'm Hearing. But this stuff just gets on my nerves. When people praise, say, Adam Sadler in his portrayal of the Sidney Poitier story -- then I'll be impressed.


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