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What the Deaf Man Heard (1997)

Arriving in a new town, a child pretends to be deaf-mute to protect himself - a ruse which works so well that for twenty years he is custodian to all the town's secrets.

Director:

John Kent Harrison

Writers:

G.D. Gearino (novel), Robert W. Lenski (teleplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Modine ... Sammy Ayers
Claire Bloom ... Mrs. Tynan
Judith Ivey ... Lucille
James Earl Jones ... Archibald Thacker
Jerry O'Connell ... Reverend Perry Ray Pruitt
Bernadette Peters ... Helen Ayers
Tom Skerritt ... Norm Jenkins
Anne Bobby ... Tallasse Tynan
Stephen Spinella ... Percy
Jake Weber ... Tolliver Tynan
Frankie Muniz ... Young Sammy
Andy Stahl ... Finis
Tyler Noyes Tyler Noyes ... Young Tolliver
Hallee Hirsh ... Young Tallasse
Teagle F. Bougere Teagle F. Bougere ... Abraham Thacker
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Storyline

In 1945, a young boy arrives in a small Georgia town on a bus from which his mother was abducted and murdered. Alone he sits quietly and everyone becomes convinced that he is deaf and mute. Deciding that silence offers some power and protection, the boy decides to remain mute and just listens to all that is being said around him by people who think that he cannot hear. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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For twenty years, he lived in silence. Now his heart needs to speak the truth.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: What the Deaf Man Heard (#47.1) See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film holds the record for the highest-rated made-for-television movie on any network since 1991. See more »

Goofs

Norm Jenkins finds Sammy's suitcase and learns his identity but doesn't tell anyone about the suitcase. Yet the entire town knew and used his full name, presumably starting soon after his first day in Barrington, and the police never searched for his mother after that first day even though his name was known. See more »

Quotes

Reverend Perry Ray Pruitt: Burn 'em I say.
Mrs. Tynan: Oh, he's good.
Tallasse Tynan: Don't you think cremation is a little harsh?
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Connections

Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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Very entertaining and well-acted!
8 March 2000 | by Melissa AliceSee all my reviews

I thought this movie was clever, entertaining, humorous, sweet and well-acted! There are a few confusing, unrealistic, and odd moments, but I think it's well worth seeing! Hallmark Hall of Fame makes another winner! (With me, anyway.) =)


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