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...And Your Name Is Jonah (1979)

A couple whose son had been diagnosed as intellectually disabled, and was institutionalized, are shocked to discover that the diagnosis was wrong, and that their son is deaf, not intellectually disabled.

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Richard Michaels

Writer:

Michael Bortman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Struthers ... Jenny Corelli
James Woods ... Danny Corelli
Randee Heller ... Connie
Titos Vandis ... Grandpa
Penny Santon Penny Santon ... Grandma
Ruth Manning Ruth Manning ... Mrs. Marquardt
Jeffrey Bravin Jeffrey Bravin ... Jonah
Robert Davi ... Dickie
Erica Yohn Erica Yohn ... Jenny's Mother
Antony Ponzini ... Larry (as Anthony Ponzini)
Paula Shaw ... Ann
Jeremy Licht ... Anthony
Rose Barbato Rose Barbato ... Carmella
Tracee Lyles Tracee Lyles ... 1st Aide
Robin Pearson Rose ... Kate
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A couple whose son had been diagnosed as intellectually disabled, and was institutionalized, are shocked to discover that the diagnosis was wrong, and that their son is deaf, not intellectually disabled.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

28 January 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

...Y te llamas Jonás See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Charles Fries Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The boy that played Jonah is deaf in real life. He communicated with the cast by using sign language and lip reading. See more »

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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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A heartwarming movie about a handicapped Child
17 April 2005 | by zelda1964See all my reviews

Thinking back on this movie, I loved Sally Struthers' performance as the "champion" mother. She tries her best to know and understand deafness. I felt a tug at my heart, when Jonah is cruelly tied up on a table and looks at her pitifully. Struthers is the strong parent and only wants to see him fairly treated.She tries everything to study and help her son grow.In his silent world of deafness, Jonah befriends a fellow who helps him break out of the shell and deal with life. He discovers Sign Language, and is set free from barriers that push him away from family.The saddest scene was when Grandpa collapses and dies right in front of Jonah. This film was moving and I love it.


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