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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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Cast

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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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Tyler Noyes ...
Young Tolliver
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Teagle F. Bougere ...
Abraham Thacker
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Storyline

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 »

Goofs

Norm Jenkins finds Sammy's suitcase and learns his identity but doesn't tell anyone about the suitcase. Yet the entire town knew and used his full name, presumably starting soon after his first day in Barrington, and the police never searched for his mother after that first day even though his name was known. See more »

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[last lines]
Tallasse Tynan: [sits next to Sammy] So... what are your plans?
Sammy Ayers: I... I guess I don't have any at the moment.
Tallasse Tynan: Then I guess I got on the right bus.
Sammy Ayers: I have something to show you.
[takes out his mother's music box]
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Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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Relax!
1 March 2003 | by (Metairie, La.) – See all my reviews

All you have to do is sit back and observe what is going on in the town and you can identify with Sammy and get in on the plots going on around him. His faking it is a great deal more believable than much of what is on the tube these days. Quit trying to make more of it than was meant.


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