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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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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 11 nominations.
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James
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Sarah
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Mrs. Norman
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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
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Orin
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Mary Lee Ochs
John Basinger ...
Alan Jones
Barry Magnani ...
Tom Schuyler
Linda Bove ...
Marian Loesser
Ann Hanson ...
Martha Franklin
James Carrington ...
Mr. Harrison
Max Brown ...
Glen's Father
María Cellario ...
Glen's Mother
Jon-Paul Dougherty ...
Glen's Brother
Linda Swim ...
Sarah's Friend
Lois Clowater ...
Sarah's Friend
Allan R. Francis ...
Waiter
Richard Kendall ...
Cafeteria Cook
Christopher Shay ...
Ricky
Laraine Isa ...
Woman in Beauty Shop
Nanci Kendall ...
Woman at Party
Marie Brazil ...
Mother
Charlene Legere ...
Child
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Announcer (voice)
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Announcer (voice) (as Archie Hahn III)
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Announcer (voice)
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Announcer (voice)
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Announcer (voice)
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Announcer (voice)

Directed by

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Randa Haines

Written by

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Mark Medoff ... (stage play)
 
Hesper Anderson ... (screenplay) and
Mark Medoff ... (screenplay)
 
James Carrington ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Candace Koethe ... associate producer
Patrick J. Palmer ... producer (as Patrick Palmer)
Burt Sugarman ... producer

Music by

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Michael Convertino

Cinematography by

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John Seale ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Lisa Fruchtman

Editorial Department

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Mary Bauer ... associate editor
Ron Lambert ... color timer
Bryan McMahan ... colorist: mastering
Tony Merzetti ... apprentice editor
Jenny Weyman-Cockle ... first assistant editor: Canada
Bob Sarles ... apprentice editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Gretchen Rennell

Production Design by

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Gene Callahan

Art Direction by

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Barbra Matis

Set Decoration by

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Rose Marie McSherry

Costume Design by

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Renée April ... (as Renee April)

Makeup Department

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Ann Brodie ... makeup designer
Paul LeBlanc ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Stéphane Reichel ... unit production manager (as Stephane Reichel)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jim Kaufman ... first assistant director
Patrick J. Palmer ... second unit director (as Patrick Palmer)
Kim H. Winther ... second assistant director (as Kim Winther)

Art Department

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Guenter Bartlik ... head scenic artist
Daniel R. Bradette ... assistant property master
J. Tracy Budd ... property master
Tom Doherty ... first assistant art director (as Thomas Doherty)
Kathy Ebbinghaus ... art department trainee
Mark S. Freeborn ... assistant set decorator (as Mark Freeborn)
Barry Gardner ... stand-by painter
Weits Jekel ... construction supervisor
Gilles Léonard ... set dresser (as Gilles Leonard)
Michael O'Connor ... set dresser
Richard Reseigne ... construction design coordinator

Sound Department

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James Ashwill ... foley mixer
George Berndt ... adr editor
Ruth Bird ... assistant sound editor
Paul Brown ... sound consultant
Dody Dorn ... sound editor (as Dody J. Dorn)
Dennis Drummond ... sound editor
Patrick Drummond ... sound editor
Ken Dufva ... foley artist
Walter A. Gest ... sound re-recordist
Robert Grieve ... supervising sound editor (as Robert A. Grieve)
Richard Lightstone ... production sound mixer
Robert J. Litt ... re-recording mixer
Stephanie Lowry ... assistant sound editor (as Stephanie Ng)
Steve Maslow ... re-recording mixer
Jim Thompson ... boom operator (as James L. Thompson)
Elliot Tyson ... re-recording mixer
Linda Whittlesey ... foley editor
John Roesch ... foley artist (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers ... technical director of sound (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Ron Thiessen ... special effects assistant
David Neil Trifunovich ... special effects supervisor (as Neil Trifunovich)

Camera and Electrical Department

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David Crone ... Steadicam services
Robert Daprato ... dolly grip
Steve Ferrier ... assistant head electrician
Paul Gravel ... first assistant camera: second unit / focus puller
Dave Grinstead ... grip
Manfred Guthe ... director of photography: second unit (as Fred Guthe)
Kevin Jewison ... first assistant camera
Joseph Peters ... electrician
Bill Pryde ... second assistant camera
Ron Renzetti ... grip
Paul Roscorla ... electrician
Takashi Seida ... still photographer
Randy Tambling ... key grip
Rae Thurston ... head electrician
Pauline Heaton ... cinematographer: underwater unit (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Ruth Lambert ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Fabienne April ... costumer
Mario Davignon ... assistant costumer
Arthur Rowsell ... costumer

Location Management

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Marie Brazil ... location assistant: Ms. Haines
Michael Jewison ... location manager

Music Department

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Gary Barlough ... synthesizer programming
Else Blangsted ... supervising music editor
Chris Boardman ... orchestrator
Michael Convertino ... additional orchestrator
M.B. Gordy ... musician: Percussion
Stephen Mitchell ... composer: additional music / musician
James Thatcher ... musician: french horn
Shirley Walker ... additional orchestrator / conductor
Dan Wallin ... music scoring mixer
John Beal ... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Craig Harris ... music designer: Sarah's underwater silence (uncredited) / musician: synthesizers, score sequencing and studio production (uncredited)
John Neufeld ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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David Beaudrow ... driver captain
Craig S. Kohne ... driver captain
Nick Sweetman ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Alan R. Barwiolek ... sign language instructor: Mr. Hurt
Bryan Blanford ... production assistant
Stanley Brossette ... unit publicist (as Stanley R. Brossette)
Jan A. Campbell ... assistant production accountant
Eve Cantor ... assistant production coordinator
James Carrington ... special actor's consultant
Robin Chaykin ... production associate
Brian Cole ... craft service
Joyce L. Cole ... sign language interpreter: Ms. Matlin
Christopher Cook ... producer's coordinator
Marnie Craig ... caterer
Susanna David ... script supervisor
John Fredericks ... production assistant
Terry Gould ... production assistant
Stephen Jacobs ... sign language interpreter
Margaret Johnson ... first aid
Richard Kendall ... technical advisor
Mary Beth Miller ... sign language instructor: Mr. Hurt
Margaret Amy Moar ... stand-in: Marlee Matlin
Leanne Moore ... production accountant
Bonnie Palef ... producer's coordinator (as Bonnie Palef-Woolf)
Toni Phillips ... production assistant
Michel Pradier ... production assistant
Valley Via Reseigne ... production coordinator
Nikki Sahagen ... associate choreographer
Patti Shore ... sign language interpreter: Ms. Matlin
Dan Siretta ... choreographer
Krista Steeves ... production assistant
Joanne Tickle ... production secretary
Pat Vaughan ... stand-in: William Hurt
Carole Wattles ... accounting clerk
Lou Fant ... sign language coach (uncredited)
Greg Ferris ... marketing: Canada (uncredited)
Paul F. McCarthy ... stand-in (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines A love beyond words. See more »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • Les enfants du silence (France)
  • Gottes vergessene Kinder (Germany)
  • Hijos de un dios menor (Spain)
  • Kjærligheten trenger ingen ord (Norway)
  • Os Filhos do Silêncio (Brazil)
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Runtime
  • 119 min
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Box Office

Budget $10,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $1,909,084, 05 Oct 1986

Did You Know?

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Trivia The first film directed by a woman (Randa Haines) to be Oscar nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. See more »
Goofs Multiple cars had the license tag "3952" -- a blue Ford and a brown Pontiac. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Colorizing: Hollywood's New Vandalism (1986). See more »
Soundtracks Jump (For My Love) See more »
Quotes James Leeds: Do you think there's someplace where we can meet that's not in silence and not in sound?
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