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The Hammer (2010)

Hamill (original title)
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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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Matt Hamill
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Stanley Leroy McCoy
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Kristi Jones
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Jay Jakubowski
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Michelle
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Janet Hamill
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Ron Gross
Eben Kostbar ...
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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Deaf. Defiant. Determined. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual material | See all certifications »
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All the deaf roles are played by deaf actors. 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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Kristi Jones: You know, I was wrong. The problem isn't that you speak more than you sign. The problem is that you don't communicate at all.
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Featured in MMA H.E.A.T.: R You Ready? (2011) See more »

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Written by Francis Broderick
Performed by Francis Broderick
Courtesy of Friday in America
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more than just another movie
22 November 2010 | by (Los Angeles CA) – See all my reviews

Hamill did something no other movie has ever done. It is no small feat to make the audience cry at a movie, nor is it easy to bring a cast of actors alive to where you genuinely care about the characters being portrayed. Those are all hard things to do and are necessary for a great movie... but they are not unique.

The genius of Hamill was the ability to place the hearing audience in a deaf perspective. It reminded me of Momento. You're watching a movie and then all of a sudden you're missing a few words here and there, you know something juicy is happening, but you can't hear. In many ways, the deaf audience has an easier time following the movie than the hearing. Nonetheless, the movie was a fun story with an amazing supporting cast... ESPECIALLY MICHAEL SPADY!


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