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 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

While in Vietnam, the main character and others are seen wearing the subdued 101st Airborne division patch, which had not yet been designed and was not allowed for wear until nearly 20 years after the film takes place. Interestingly, the correct full-color patch is more readily available today. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Richard: [narrating] All of our earliest memories are lies, family mythologies handed down to us repeatedly until they become as real as what actually happened.
Richard: No one in the family can say exactly when my mother went crazy. According to Grandma, she was always that way. Dad said it started when she lost the babies. Seven miscarriages in eight years can tend to do that to a person. That's why my arrival on the scene came as somewhat of a surprise. I was born with the umbilical cord wrapped ...
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Connections

References Ironside (1967) See more »

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Killing Time
Written by Crit Harmon
Performed by Tim Gearon
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Inspiring for members of Armed Forces
15 April 2007 | by rondeeneeSee all my reviews

Richard Pimental tells his story of being a disabled Veteran, and how he was treated when he returned from the war. This movie is very relevant to today's political situation, and it is heartening to those of us going to Iraq or Afhganistan, where the possibility of coming home disabled is extremely high. Knowing there are people like Richard Pimental trying to make life better for anyone disabled is a wonderful thing. Ron Livingston's performance was right on target. He and Richard and the producer made an appearance at Ft. Hood, TX, promoting the movie, signing autographs and answering questions from soldiers. It was great to see them give their time to speak to soldiers.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 2007 (USA) See more »

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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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