MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 13,397 this week

What the Deaf Man Heard (1997)

TV Movie  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  23 November 1997 (USA)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 752 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 1 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (teleplay)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

What to Watch: "Mad Men"

In the latest installment of "What to Watch", IMDb's TV Editor Melanie McFarland chats with "Mad Men" stars Jon Hamm, January Jones, John Slattery, and series creator Matthew Weiner about the drama's extraordinary legacy, as AMC prepares to air its final seven episodes.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 229 titles
created 23 Dec 2010
 
a list of 25 titles
created 04 Sep 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 10 Mar 2013
 
a list of 46 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 36 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: What the Deaf Man Heard (TV Movie 1997)

What the Deaf Man Heard (TV Movie 1997) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of What the Deaf Man Heard.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

To Dance with the White Dog (TV Movie 1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

This is the touching story of an elderly widower trying to work through his grief. When Sam Peek's beloved wife, Cora, dies, a white dog suddenly materializes as his new companion and ... See full summary »

Director: Glenn Jordan
Stars: Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Christine Baranski
The Blackwater Lightship (TV Movie 2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A man in the final stages of AIDS is cared for by his sister and mother and grandmother.

Director: John Erman
Stars: Dianne Wiest, Gina McKee, Keith McErlean
Cupid & Cate (TV Movie 2000)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Cate has a small boutique where she sells vintage clothes. She is dating some snob whose mother thinks that Cate is a second class citizen because of her line of work. Harry meets Cate and ... See full summary »

Director: Brent Shields
Stars: Mary-Louise Parker, Peter Gallagher, Bebe Neuwirth
The Lost Child (TV Movie 2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A story about Rebecca, a woman who goes in search of her natural parents and in the process finds her long lost family and her rich cultural heritage. Her adoption was never kept a secret ... See full summary »

Director: Karen Arthur
Stars: Mercedes Ruehl, Cristine Rose, Jamey Sheridan
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In 1919, a cocky sophomore in the forest service has to learn life the hard way.

Director: John Kent Harrison
Stars: Sam Elliott, Jerry O'Connell, Ricky Jay
The Seventh Stream (TV Movie 2001)
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A lonely widowed Irish fisherman meets a pretty mysterious woman who may just literally be the stuff of legends.

Director: John Gray
Stars: Scott Glenn, Saffron Burrows, Simon Delaney
The Echo of Thunder (TV Movie 1998)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Scenic settings in Australia enhance this Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation, a simple yet engaging tale about a teenage girl's adjustment to a new family.

Director: Simon Wincer
Stars: Judy Davis, Jamey Sheridan, Lauren Hewett
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Based on the true story of the enduring but troubled love between Lois Wilson, co-founder of Al-Anon, and her alcoholic husband Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Director: John Kent Harrison
Stars: Winona Ryder, Barry Pepper, John Bourgeois
The Water Is Wide (TV Movie 2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Pat Conroy, an ambitious, slightly rebellious idealistic teacher accepts Bennington county, SC's school board superintendent's offer to teach the all-black kids of the pauper fishery ... See full summary »

Director: John Kent Harrison
Stars: Jeff Hephner, Frank Langella, Julianne Nicholson
To Dance with Olivia (TV Movie 1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A lawyer trying to cope with his son's accidental death takes on a case where a farmer is charged with booby trapping a watermelon patch with a shotgun which went off and injured a young ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Pittman
Stars: Louis Gossett Jr., Joe Don Baker, Kathryne Dora Brown
Plainsong (TV Movie 2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation based on the novel by Kent Haruf. Tom Guthrie (Aidan Quinn), a high school history teacher... See full synopsis »

Director: Richard Pearce
Stars: Aidan Quinn, Rachel Griffiths, America Ferrera
In from the Night (TV Movie 2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After ten years without contact, Bobby Miller (16) shows up famished, exhausted and nightmare-ridden at would be-author Victoria 'Vicki' Miller's home. He ran away from his wicked, selfish ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Levin
Stars: Marcia Gay Harden, Taylor Handley, Thomas Gibson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Sammy Ayers
...
Mrs. Tynan
...
Lucille
...
Archibald Thacker
...
Reverend Perry Ray Pruitt
...
Helen Ayers
...
Norm Jenkins
Anne Bobby ...
Tallasse Tynan
...
Percy
...
Tolliver Tynan
...
Young Sammy
...
Finis
Tyler Noyes ...
Young Tolliver
...
Teagle F. Bougere ...
Abraham Thacker
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »

Taglines:

For twenty years, he lived in silence. Now his heart needs to speak the truth.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 November 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: What the Deaf Man Heard (#47.1)  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Percy: This isn't gonna be a highway interchange. This is the nothin'est nothin' I ever saw.
Tolliver Tynan: Maybe there's oil under here. Maybe we're floating on a gusher and don't even know it.
Percy: There's no oil under here! What we are floating on is the parking lot repaving fund, the parish renovation fund, the organ fund...
See more »

Connections

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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
I taped 'What the Deaf Man Heard' one night when it was on late.
22 February 2000 | by (Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada) – See all my reviews

I taped ' What the Deaf Man Heard' on night when it was on late, a few days later, I watched it and found it to be an EXTREMELY good movie, which I have yet to date, taped over. It is a really good watch, and Matthew Modine is a really good actor, I recommend it to anyone.


7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What happened? aDORKable05
Who sings the song? mickiz
The saddest part of the movie... cschulte-3
Discuss What the Deaf Man Heard (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?