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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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Details

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cypress Grove,Shelter Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Tom Sullivan is heard to yell the identical recorded line "Hello? Can anybody hear me?" twice: once during the skydiving scene, and once during the swimming pool scene. 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: Time to think about getting a new guide dog. I'm off tomorrow.
Tom Sullivan: It's tomorrow already? Jesus, what happened? We were...
Will Sly: They should make calendars in Braille. They really should.
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Carry On
Written by Chris De Burgh
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one of the best movies ever made
14 December 2005 | by toddrandall68See all my reviews

I believe I saw this movie in 1983 when I was 15. I loved it. I fell in love with every character (especially Shari Belafonte), and their development within the movie. I saw an earlier comment that called this a "feel good" movie. Well, maybe. I don't think I felt particularly good at the end, but I did feel as though I had seen one of the best movies ever. In fact, I don't think I realized that Tom Sullivan was blind until the very end! I taped this movie from HBO once about 1995 but my friend taped a porno over it. Remember to remove those tabs! I feel empty without it. If there is a movement somewhere to get this movie on DVD I would surely like to join it. I can't believe it is not already. But considering the crap that is produced and then out on DVD, I am not surprised. I don't think that most of those in charge of releasing DVD would notice a gem of a movie if they saw it.A++++++


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