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What the Deaf Man Heard ()


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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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  • Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 7 nominations.
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Sammy Ayers
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Mrs. Tynan
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Lucille
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Archibald Thacker
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Reverend Perry Ray Pruitt
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Helen Ayers
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Norm Jenkins
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Tallasse Tynan
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Percy
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Tolliver Tynan
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Young Sammy
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Tyler Noyes ...
Young Tolliver
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Young Tallasse
Teagle F. Bougere ...
Abraham Thacker
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George Thacker
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Judge (as Daniel Kamin)
Patrick Garner ...
Drunk
Mary Lucy Bivins ...
Mrs. Raymond
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TV Reporter
Terry Nienhuis ...
Officer Harvey
Lorri Lindberg ...
Miss Shaw
J.R. Horne ...
Attorney Rubicoff
Karen Williams ...
Rachel
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Attorney
Jemila Ericson ...
Clerk of Court
Jim Grollman ...
Myron
Trevor Holland ...
Dickie Devil
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Attorney
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Prosecutor
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(uncredited)
Joleen Neighbours ...
Townsperson #1 (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Kent Harrison

Written by

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G.D. Gearino ... (novel "What the Deaf Mute Heard")
 
Robert W. Lenski ... (teleplay)

Produced by

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Tom Luse ... supervising producer
Brent Shields ... co-executive producer
Richard Welsh ... executive producer

Music by

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J.A.C. Redford

Cinematography by

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Eric Van Haren Noman ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Jim Oliver

Editorial Department

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George Carlston ... colorist: dailies
Craig Galka ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Lynn Kressel

Production Design by

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Veronica Hadfield

Art Direction by

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Linwood Taylor

Set Decoration by

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Marthe Pineau

Costume Design by

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Dorothy Amos

Makeup Department

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John R. Bayless ... key makeup artist (as John Bayless)
Darlene Brumfield ... key hair stylist
Joan Shay ... additional hair stylist
Coni Andress ... key hair stylist (uncredited)
Susan Buffington ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Sara Seidman Vance ... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Tom Luse ... unit production manager
Karen Mayeda Vranek ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Timothy M. Bourne ... first assistant director
Rick Clark ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Andy Krish ... leadman
Rebecca Leonard ... paint foreman / signwriter
Edward 'Tantar' LeViseur ... property master (as Edward LeViseur)
Otto Lindsey ... on set dresser
Thomas Michael Ryan ... general foreman
Jeffrey Schlatter ... construction coordinator (as Jeff Schlatter)
William G. Davis ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Steve A. Stephenson ... carpenter (uncredited)
Christine Wick ... assistant set decorator (uncredited)

Sound Department

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David E. Fluhr ... re-recording mixer
Stephen Grubbs ... sound supervisor
Steven R. Smith ... sound mixer
Douglas L. Hill ... boom operator (uncredited)
Kenneth L. Johnson ... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Grey Moore ... utility sound (uncredited)
Eric A. Norris ... sound effects editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Walter Kiesling ... special effects technician
Michael Schorr ... special effects coordinator (as Mike Schorr)
Stephen Lanier ... special effects foreman (uncredited)

Stunts

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Dean Mumford ... stunt coordinator
Charles Page ... stunt actor (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Logan R. Berkshire ... key grip
Patrick Borowiak ... second assistant camera
Guy D'Alema ... still photographer
Frank Godwin ... first assistant camera
Terry D. Long ... electrician
Cristiano Palermi ... lighting technician
Tommy Ray Sullivan ... gaffer
Simon Carey ... electrician (uncredited)
Joe D'Alessandro ... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Adam Hinson ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Tracy Kilpatrick ... local casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Alice Powell ... costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

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John B. Griffin ... location manager (as Johnny Griffin)

Music Department

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Allan K. Rosen ... music editor

Transportation Department

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Robin Drinkwater ... driver
Robert Gillis ... transportation captain
Russell Hicks ... driver
Neil Hyman ... transportation coordinator
Jan Overson ... driver
Charlie Wright ... driver
Darwin Brandis ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Sue Bugden ... production associate
Thom Rainey ... script supervisor
Randy Schiener ... production assistant: pre-production
Kathleen M. Straub ... production executive (as Kathleen Straub)
Dale Williams ... production coordinator
Brett Cranford ... production coordinator (uncredited)
Randy Schiener ... production assistant (uncredited)
Lisa G. Shillingburg ... first assistant accountant (uncredited)
Shea Vargé ... production assistant (uncredited)

Production Companies

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Distributors

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  • CBS (1997) (United States) (tv) (original airing)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines For twenty years, he lived in silence. Now his heart needs to speak the truth. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Hallmark Hall of Fame: What the Deaf Man Heard (#47.1) (United States)
  • Les secrets du silence (France)
  • Explosion des Schweigens (Germany)
  • La mentira del silencio (Spain)
  • Parole dal cuore (Italy)
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Runtime
  • 120 min
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Did You Know?

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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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951). See more »
Quotes Sammy Ayers: [narrating] To my knowledge it is the only trial in the history of American jurisprudence that was over in just two spoken words.
Sammy Ayers: [speaking out loud] I... I do.
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