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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sammy Ayers
... Mrs. Tynan
... Lucille
... Archibald Thacker
... Reverend Perry Ray Pruitt
... Helen Ayers
... Norm Jenkins
... Tallasse Tynan
... Percy
... Tolliver Tynan
... Young Sammy
... Finis
Tyler Noyes ... Young Tolliver
... Young Tallasse
Teagle F. Bougere ... Abraham Thacker
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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.

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23 November 1997 (USA)  »

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

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

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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 »

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Archibald Thacker: [to Sammy] I figure we're the two biggest frauds in Barrington: you with your selective senses, and me with my lawyer front man.
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Another Fabulous Hallmark Movie!
19 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

I saw this on TV one night and fell in love. Matthew Modine plays Sammy Ayers(the adult) who as a child is left alone on a bus after his mother is murdered. He arrives in a small Georgia town and sits quietly all day waiting for his mother arrive. The people in town then determine that he's deaf and mute. As an adult he does odd jobs for all the people in town, all the while listening to everything everyone tells him, including secrets! Jake Weber plays Tolliver Tynan, Tallasses(Sammys love interest)brother and the source of all Sammys trouble. Tom Skerritt stars as Norm, owner of the bus depot and a sort of father figure to Sammy. James Earl Jones also stars as Archibald Thacker, a rum runner who knows a thing or two about some of the secrets in the town. As one of the big secrets threatens the town Sammy struggles with what to do. A great story and wonderful acting make this a movie I would recommend to anyone.


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