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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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Comedy | Drama

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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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Mrs. Tynan: Take Sammy with you. Tolliver has some work for him at the church.
Tallasse Tynan: Yes, ma'am.
Mrs. Tynan: And make sure he rides in the back. I don't want people to see him riding up front with you.
Tallasse Tynan: Maybe I can just tie a rope around him and make him run along behind.
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pretty good
30 December 1999 | by (South Carolina) – See all my reviews

I thought this was a great made-for-tv movie. Although they probably could have cut down on the running time by about 30 minutes, the movie was still good. Matthew Modine, Tom Skerrit, James Earl Jones, and Judith Ivey all delivered great performances. I give it 4 stars. It's good family entertainment.


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