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What the Deaf Man Heard (1997)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Drama  -  23 November 1997 (USA)
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Arriving in a new town, a child pretends to be deaf-mute to protect himself - a ruse which works so well that for twenty years he is custodian to all the town's secrets.

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Sammy Ayers
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Mrs. Tynan
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Lucille
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Archibald Thacker
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Reverend Perry Ray Pruitt
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Helen Ayers
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Norm Jenkins
Anne Bobby ...
Tallasse Tynan
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Percy
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Tolliver Tynan
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Young Sammy
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Young Tolliver
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Teagle F. Bougere ...
Abraham Thacker
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In 1945, a young boy arrives in a small Georgia town on a bus from which his mother was abducted and murdered. Alone he sits quietly and everyone becomes convinced that he is deaf and mute. Deciding that silence offers some power and protection, the boy decides to remain mute and just listens to all that is being said around him by people who think that he cannot hear. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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For twenty years, he lived in silence. Now his heart needs to speak the truth.

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23 November 1997 (USA)  »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: What the Deaf Man Heard (#47.1)  »

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The film holds the record for the highest-rated made-for-television movie on any network since 1991. See more »

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Tallasse Tynan: [at the bonfire, trying to get the reporters to stop bothering Sammy] Hi!
TV Reporter: Well! Someone who can talk. What's your name?
Tallasse Tynan: Uh, Joan of Arc. I love bonfires!
TV Reporter: I see you have some Dickie Devil records, for the blaze no doubt.
Tallasse Tynan: Oh, no. These are some Frank Sinatra albums of my mother's that I've been longing to incinerate for a while.
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Fascinating story with a surprise ending
8 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I thought the mix of humour, satire and sentiment was just right. It is also a commentary (subtly) on how hearing impaired people are treated by society. Seeing the crooked and self serving get some just desserts was rewarding, and the final twist, engineered by a loving father figure for the one he effectively adopted, was both surprising and heart-warming. The acting was good (if not Oscar-winning) and the plot line written with sufficient complexity as to keep you wondering what would happen and how the pieces of the story linked together. The time setting of the story was a bit hard to guess at first but markers soon appeared to help the viewer. The clever change of name of a well known pop group raised a smile and perhaps the reactions of some to that group were a bit over the top, but not out of keeping entirely with the hysteria of the time.


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