The Hammer (2010)
"Hamill" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  27 October 2011 (USA)
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A coming of age drama following the life of Matt Hamill, the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Wrestling Championship.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Hamill
Stanley Leroy McCoy
Kristi Jones
Jay Jakubowski
Janet Hamill
Ron Gross
Eben Kostbar ...
Coach Cantrell
Coach Pruitt
Stephen Dodd ...
Coach Rich
Gavin Bellour ...
Pat Hamill
Theodore Conley ...
Young Matt Hamill


THE HAMMER is a sports drama depicting the struggles and successes Matt Hamill faced on the way to becoming a champion. Raised among those with the ability to hear, Matt later finds himself no less an outsider amidst the Deaf Community. Through sheer determination, he uses his perceived disability as an asset, and becomes both the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Championship and an inspirational force to the hearing and deaf alike. Written by Anonymous

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Deaf. Defiant. Determined. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some sexual material | See all certifications »


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Did You Know?


You can spot the real Jay as one of the Purdue Wrestlers. See more »


When Matt and Michelle are getting food at the drive-thru, a shot of an Ohio Bicentennial license plate is shown on the car behind them. The movie was set in the 90s and Ohio's bicentennial was not until 2003. See more »


Stanley Leroy McCoy: Well, if you don't believe in yourself, I'm not going to.
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Featured in MMA H.E.A.T.: R You Ready? (2011) See more »


, "1000 Mile Stare", "Fugazi Replacement", "College Blues"
Written by Franky Perez and Dave Kushner
Performed by Franky Perez and Dave Kushner
Courtesy of DKFXP Music
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Hamill is an important, groundbreaking achievement!
23 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hamill is a simple story, well told.

Matt Hamill was born a deaf child in a hearing community. With a powerful mentor in the form of his loving grandfather, played with grit and heart by the wonderful Raymond J. Barry, and a supportive family, he grew up different, fighting (often literally) for acceptance and inclusion, throughout his school career. Matt never truly belonged until he became an adopted member of the Deaf community at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where the film shows him growing as an athlete and a person, leading to an epic and emotional finale.

Audiences will settle in quickly to the traditional biopic formula, but in this case, the formula does not restrict the filmmakers, but rather frees them to use innovative techniques in service to the story. The practice of subtitling the entire film is inclusive, and in and of itself brings the audience together in a shared experience. Multiple layers of commentary are laced throughout the tightly constructed screenplay, bringing issues such as bullying, alienation and angst, and the need for acceptance and inclusion, into the story.

Hamill is, in many ways, the first film of it's type, and has been long awaited in the Deaf community. It's a powerful and moving true story, and we can all see ourselves reflected in it.

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