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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Tallasse Tynan
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Percy
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Tolliver Tynan
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Young Sammy
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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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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 »

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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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Lucille: [about Sammy] You'd better find a decent place for him, Norm, and fast, because this is the world's poorest excuse for an orphanage!
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Is it really worth ninety minutes of your life?
18 December 1999 | by (Perth, Western Australia) – See all my reviews

This film had several flaws. Firstly, it progressed too slowly. The main character had very little to do in this film, which I suppose couldn't be helped given the plot. Almost the entire film was spent retelling the lives of other people. Secondly, the characters and plot were unrealistic. Are we really to believe that someone would be able to convince others of his deafness for so many years without being found out? And the supporting characters were too melodramatic. They over acted at every turn.


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