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Breaking Through (1996)

Laura is a 20 year old deaf girl who has never been taught sign language. She is rescued from neglect and physical abuse by Pam, a social worker. Pam teaches her how to communicate and uncovers Laura's true personality.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
JoBeth Williams ... Pam Willis (as Jobeth Williams)
Kellie Martin ... Laura Keyes
Alan Rosenberg ... Ned Burkett
Aaron Kubey Aaron Kubey ... Doug
Thomas Kopache ... Ray Keyes
Billy Jayne ... Mike
Donna Bullock ... Amy
Jennifer Delora Jennifer Delora ... Sister Anne
Sal Lopez ... John Sanchez
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Barbara
John Apicella ... Pool Hall Manager
Mark Arnott ... Joe, Amy's Husband
Kathy Buckley ... Principal
Erika Lynn Dickson Erika Lynn Dickson ... Margie
Maggie Fleming Maggie Fleming ... Paula
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Laura is a 20 year old deaf girl who has never been taught sign language. She is rescued from neglect and physical abuse by Pam, a social worker. Pam teaches her how to communicate and uncovers Laura's true personality. Written by Bandimal <bandimal@yahoo.com>

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Even when you make no sound, a silent scream for help may still be heard.

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Official Sites:

Lifetime TV

Country:

USA

Release Date:

30 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Breaking Free See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Laura Keyes: [singing] I'm afraid.
Pam Willis: [signing] Don't be afraid. Just tell the truth.
Pam Willis: [after Laura uses the stay away from me sign on her father] Shall we go in?
Laura Keyes: [in her own voice] Thank you, Pam.
Pam Willis: [signing] You've been keeping secrets.
Pam Willis: [as she and Laura sign I love you] I love you too.
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An effective and moving drama, eloquent and poignant.
18 July 2000 | by cdtSee all my reviews

I discovered this enthralling film by pure chance in a bout of late-night channel hopping. Although the people it portrays are vulnerable it stays honest and avoids becoming a wet blanket making it powerful, moving and informing. The two main players seemed to interact so well that suspension of disbelief was not a requirement - a tribute to their performance.

This film gives you a fresh perspective on life and offers valuable insights from the female perspective. Acting was spot-on for me.The A.S.L. (American Sign-Language) helps - I wonderful if the film would have taken on a different "look" if it had been in the British equivalent - a more abstracted animated visual language (in my honest (but very humble and possibly uninformed) opinion.

An excellent film especially for the small-screen in terms of reaching viewers.


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