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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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Touching
18 June 2002 | by mac-165See all my reviews

I've seen this kind of movie before, but there was a focus, an intensity in this one that made me watch it all the way through. You do get some dreadful gaping holes in some TV movies (and I usually switch off when I just can't stand the illogic any more) but this was OK; good acting from the main character (the mute illiterate), plausible emotions from the main carer who is putting her job on the line, and from the support cast, including the abusive parents. An hour and a half you'd be challenged to assemble a decent sandwich in.


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