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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.

Director:

Richard Michaels

Writer:

Michael Bortman
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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

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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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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 fine exploration of deafness
27 April 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Made at a time when the handicapped were much less understood this is a fine examination of one child and family's struggle out of misdiagnosis.

Sally Struthers much better known for her comedic work is excellent as the mother lost in a maze of frustration of how to help her deaf child find his place in a hearing world after three years of incorrect institutionalization.

Some of the methods she pursues are arcane but they provide a snapshot of what treatment procedures were at the dawn of the 80's. Both entertaining and informative with many fine performances and a profoundly moving last half hour.


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