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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The UFC scenes were shot at live UFC events. 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 »


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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13 November 2010 | by (Rochester) – See all my reviews

This film is wonderful. A must see. This is going to be huge.

The acting is great. The score is great The story is moving and inspirational. Great date night movie because its perfect for men and women. Love story and a sports movie. This is better than Blind Side. Do yourself a favor and see and support this movie. Russell Harvard is tender and believable as the hero, Hamill. The deaf community is going to love this film as there has never been anything like it. The UFC community will love this as they all love the real life, Matt Hamill. A true hero.

Everyone who has seen this has said the same thing. Oscar!

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