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If You Could See What I Hear (1982)

A light comedy/love story based on the life of blind musician Tom Sullivan.

Director:

Eric Till

Writers:

Stuart Gillard (screenplay written by), Tom Sullivan (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marc Singer ... Tom Sullivan
R.H. Thomson ... Will Sly
Sarah Torgov Sarah Torgov ... Patti Steffen
Shari Belafonte ... Heather Johnson (as Shari Belafonte Harper)
Douglas Campbell Douglas Campbell ... Porky Sullivan
Helen Burns ... Mrs. Ruxton
Harvey Atkin ... Bert
Barbara Gordon Barbara Gordon ... Molly
Sharon Lewis Sharon Lewis ... Helga
Lynda Mason Green Lynda Mason Green ... Sharon
Tony Van Bridge Tony Van Bridge ... Dr. Roger Wells
Jack Creley ... Dean Franklin
David Gardner David Gardner ... Jack Steffen
Gary Reineke Gary Reineke ... Phil Lucas
Bob Warner Bob Warner ... Sergeant
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Storyline

Tom Sullivan is in many ways a typical student attending a Boston area college, he, showing his immaturity, partaking in, often leading, mainly harmless student hijinks with his pipe smoking friend, Will Sly. He funnels many of his energies into his music as a singer/pianist. Tom also happens to be blind, which he's been since a newborn due to being provided too much oxygen while in an incubator. Tom is independently minded, and wants to be treated just like any sighted person. Like most men his age, he is also in the pursuit of the opposite sex, in the process of which he finds that he falls in love easily. Through all these activities, Tom is affected by real life including the temporariness of college life, some not being able to get over their own prejudices of being sighted in their dealings with him, and coming to the realization that there are some things more difficult to do in life when one is blind. Written by Huggo

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The true story of a born winner!


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Au-delà du regard See more »

Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 5,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,408,000, 25 April 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,693,512
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

As stated in the end credits, the little girl Sullivan saved from drowning was not his girlfriend's little sister, as portrayed in the film, but actually his own daughter. See more »

Goofs

During the skydiving incident, Tom's friend takes off in a jeep on natural ground, but we hear the tires squeal as though he's on pavement. See more »

Quotes

Will Sly: [walks into Tom's room, where the light is off] Sullivan, you pervert, it's pitch black in here.
[he switches on the light]
Tom Sullivan: I got news for you, Sly. It's still pitch black in here.
Will Sly: It's not nice to make fun of sighted people. I'm liable to go through your closet and mix all your solids and checks, and then where would you be? You'd be a walking billboard for bad taste, that's where you'd be!
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Stinkers of 1982 (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral): Fifth Movement
(uncredited)
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played onscreen on synthesizers by 'Marc Singer' and Shari Belafonte
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A Favorite!
27 November 2004 | by LightbyGraceSee all my reviews

I am also one who watched this movie multiple times when it ran on cable in the 80's...It is one of my favorites. I have never understood why it was skewered by critics. In one of my Video Guides it was actually given a turkey (meaning that they thought it was so bad that it didn't even deserve a rating using the star system!).

I have the book that the movie was based on. But I actually enjoy the movie more. Marc Singer is wonderful as Tom Sullivan...All of the actors were good in this film, the story is uplifting and I still enjoy watching it. For those looking for it on video...check out Ebay and half.com :) :)

LightByGrace


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