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...And Your Name Is Jonah (1979)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 28 January 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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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 »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This is one of the first major Hollywood productions to hire only Deaf actors and actresses to play the Deaf roles in the movie. Previous productions would tend to hire only hearing actors (using the culturally appropriate spelling of Deaf, with a capital D, showing those who identify cultural-linguistically as Deaf). See more »

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

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A truly wonderful film that will touch your heart!
7 November 2012 | by TonyLeone32360See all my reviews

This is just a warm, beautiful story that the entire family will enjoy. I saw it originally back in 1979. Sally Struthers is wonderful in it as Jonahs mother. In the beginning Jonah has been misdiagnosed as being mentally retarded. But he is only deaf. His mother and father (James Woods) struggle to make sense of it all. They blame each other and then themselves. Jonah is trapped in a world he does not understand. Only through love and his mothers determination is Jonah helped to understand this crazy world we live in. It makes you feel for the handicapped and understand how they are misunderstood and discriminated against. Grab the tissues for the end as if this one does not make you cry, you have no heart. I recommend this movie to anyone and everyone!


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