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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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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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The musical leitmotif heard throughout the film is "My Ship," composed by Ira Gershwin and Kurt Weill. At the end of the film it is sung by Bernadette Peters, who plays Helen Ayers at the beginning of the film. 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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One of the best well written comedy/drama's ever!!
29 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Truly catches you even while it is starting, with the music. Everyone that was cast was perfect in their respective roles. It catches the flow of how things really were at the period of time it was representing. It introduces both heart wrenching feelings, and sense of humor at once, which is like a piece of art in itself. It has the same sort of feel as Fried Green Tomatoes, or Driving Miss Daisy. So if those are movies you really enjoy, sit back this one will please you completely. Bernadette peters sings like an angel at the end credits, it is really beautiful, so of course it is to short!! Really is a 5 star or 10 out of 10 movie!!


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