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Children of a Lesser God (1986)

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A new speech teacher at a school for the deaf falls in love with the janitor, a deaf woman speechless by choice.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... James Leeds
... Sarah Norman
... Mrs. Norman
... Dr. Curtis Franklin
Allison Gompf ... Lydia
John F. Cleary ... Johnny
Philip Holmes ... Glen
Georgia Ann Cline ... Cheryl
William D. Byrd ... Danny
Frank Carter Jr. ... Tony
John Limnidis ... William
... Orin
... Mary Lee Ochs
John Basinger ... Alan Jones
Barry Magnani ... Tom Schuyler
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Storyline

James is a new speech teacher at a school for the deaf. He falls for Sarah, a pupil who decided to stay on at the school rather than venture into the big bad world. She shuns him at first, refusing to read his lips and only using signs. Will her feelings change over time? Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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31 October 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Te amaré en silencio  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,909,084, 5 October 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$31,853,080
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Marlee Matlin was cast after the film's producers saw a video-cassette of a Chicago production of the "Children of a Lesser God" play. Matlin's performance was not in the play's central role of Sarah Norman but was in a supporting part in the stage production. It completely won them over. See more »

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The DVD back lists a main character as "John" Leeds, when the name should be "JAMES" Leeds. See more »

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[first lines]
Dr. Curtis Franklin: This is the most amazing résumé I've ever seen.
James Leeds: I've been with some really good schools. The best.
Dr. Curtis Franklin: All of them. All of the best. One right after another. You've also been with the Lucky Erin Bar and Grill.
James Leeds: Pittsburgh. Bartender.
Dr. Curtis Franklin: And a disc jockey.
James Leeds: Yeah, that was in Oklahoma. I used to broadcast in sign language.
Dr. Curtis Franklin: You've covered all the map, Mr. Leeds.
James Leeds: I've got a lot of energy.
Dr. Curtis Franklin: I'm sure you do have a lot of energy and a lot of new ideas. I did too when...
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Double Concerto D Minor for Violins
Second movement - "Largo Ma Non Tanto"
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Great, Convincing, Authentic
8 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Yes, this is a love story about two unusually attractive people but its power comes from Hurt and Matlin's ability to increasingly convey vulnerability and authenticity as they fight to become completely real to each other. Marlee in particular is remarkable in her expressiveness. There is a scene where she watches Hurt while she's in an indoor swimming pool and you only see her eyes over the edge of the pool -- but the depth and variety of what "just those eyes" express!

Because all of us intuitively know what they are going through as they strip away layer after layer -- who of us hasn't feared exposure of the person we feel the world shouldn't see? -- we are drawn into their revealing their secret selves because we wish we knew who OUR OWN secret self is.

And the film is funny, engaging, touching, crazy and human!


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