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What the Deaf Man Heard (1997)

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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »
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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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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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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Matthew Modine remained in character all through filming. He rode his bike around the locations and never spoke, instead writing in a notepad just as Sammy did. 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 »

Quotes

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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Connections

Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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Very entertaining and well-acted!
8 March 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I thought this movie was clever, entertaining, humorous, sweet and well-acted! There are a few confusing, unrealistic, and odd moments, but I think it's well worth seeing! Hallmark Hall of Fame makes another winner! (With me, anyway.) =)


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