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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

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Matt Hamill
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Stanley Leroy McCoy
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Kristi Jones
Michael Anthony Spady ...
Jay Jakubowski
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Michelle
Susan Gibney ...
Janet Hamill
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Ron Gross
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Coach Cantrell
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Coach Pruitt
Stephen Dodd ...
Coach Rich
Gavin Bellour ...
Pat Hamill
Theodore Conley ...
Young Matt Hamill
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Kelly
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Vivian
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Dale
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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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He knew he could be a champion. They knew he could be much more. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual material | See all certifications »
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You can spot the real Jay as one of the Purdue Wrestlers. See more »

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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 »

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Stanley Leroy McCoy: After a couple of flashing lights and a teddy bear, you're gonna tell me my grandson is deaf and dumb?
Dr. Hoffman: No. After a couple of flashing lights and a teddy bear, I'm going to tell you you have a highly intelligent grandson... who's profoundly deaf.
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Not what I had hope for
25 February 2012 | by (Loveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

I know many people on here are writing rave reviews. Talking about how beautifully this film was made. And, I will agree, there were certainly some shining moments, especially with the sound editing.

The thing I had the most difficulty with, was the accuracy. I went looking to see the true story of Matt, and the things he went through. But there were so many things that were wrong (fact wise) that it's hard to know what was real and what was fiction.

I went to school with Matt, graduated in 1993. I personally know many of the people that were in the film. None of them were remotely close to their real life counterparts. Mike Rich, for one, was not even on the same page. Pat Hamill, Janet, and even Stan (his grandfather) were not given anything close to their real personalities either. And the town of Loveland, they made it laughable. There aren't (and weren't) miles and miles of corn. It isn't some one horse hick town as we would be lead to believe. I'm not saying every detail needs to be kept. But at least one would be nice. Do a little research, or at least try to make it look like you did.

Another complaint I have, is for the first half of the film, even though they clearly say he is deaf, they treat him as if he's mentally handicapped. Matt, from what I know of him, was never stupid. People weren't embarrassed by him. I always saw him as respected and well liked.

My final thought is this, the movie's message is great, and I guess that's what's the most important with a film like this. But it had potential to be so much better, and I think Matt deserves a better representation of his life, than what this film has given him.


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