The true story of Richard Pimentel, a brilliant public speaker with a troubled past, who returns from Vietnam deafened, and finds a new purpose in his landmark efforts on the behalf of Americans with disabilities.

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Steven Sawalich
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Jung ... Richard's Dad
Melissa George ... Christine
Marion Ross ... Grandma
Rebecca De Mornay ... Richard's Mom
Janssen Van De Yacht Janssen Van De Yacht ... Toddler Richard
Ridge Canipe ... Young Richard
Paul Michael Paul Michael ... Joe
John Livingston ... Mr. Parks
TyZhaun Lewis TyZhaun Lewis ... Aaron
Ron Livingston ... Richard
Arlene Ancheta Arlene Ancheta ... Chinese Restaurant Owner
Linda Burden-Williams ... Bambi
Hector Elizondo ... Dr. Padrow
Joel Bryant ... Sergeant Taylor
Kevin Sage ... PFC Sage
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The True Story Of Richard Pimentel, A Brilliant Public Speaker With A Troubled Past, Who Returns From Vietnam Severely Hearing-Impaired And Finds A New Purpose In His Landmark Efforts On The Behalf Of Americans With Disabilities... Written by Steven Sawalich

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Experience a movie that will make you believe anyone can change the world.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Dale Dye and Ron Livingston worked on Band of Brothers (2001) See more »

Goofs

The novel "Choke", by Chuck Palahniuk, not published until 2001, is in the bookcase next to Richard as he speaks to Art who has just proofread the manuscript of Windmills. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Parks: "Most people go to their graves with their music inside them." - What was Mr. Holmes saying? Come on guys, it's not that hard. he's saying that most people die without discovering their own genius, without expressing the uniqueness that makes them special.
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Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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It's Your Thing
Written by Rudolph Isley, Ronald Isley, O'Kelly Isley
Performed by The Isley Brothers
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This movie was FANTASTIC!!
29 September 2006 | by turnondafun69See all my reviews

I went to the LA screening of this movie last night. The director, producer, Ron Livingston, Clint Howard and a few of the crew were there for it. I went in knowing nothing about this movie and must say I loved it! It was a mix of both a great drama and hilarious comedy. It teaches you without being preachy and it seemed to fly by. When it ended I really wanted more, thats something unusual lately. Ron did a great job as well as the rest of the cast, especially Michael Sheen. I think we'll be hearing more about this flick at awards time. If not then thats a real shame. Anyways whenever this film comes out I suggest it for anyone who likes to feel good about life. I know I'll be going to see it again after it opens wide.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Music Within See more »

Filming Locations:

Beaverton, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,744, 28 October 2007

Gross USA:

$154,087

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$187,581
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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