A coming of age drama following the life of Matt Hamill, the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Wrestling Championship.


Oren Kaplan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Russell Harvard ... Matt Hamill
Raymond J. Barry ... Stanley Leroy McCoy
Shoshannah Stern ... Kristi Jones
Michael Anthony Spady Michael Anthony Spady ... Jay Jakubowski
Courtney Halverson ... Michelle
Susan Gibney ... Janet Hamill
Joseph McKelheer ... Ron Gross
Eben Kostbar Eben Kostbar ... Coach Cantrell
Rich Franklin ... Coach Pruitt
Stephen Dodd Stephen Dodd ... Coach Rich
Gavin Bellour Gavin Bellour ... Pat Hamill
Theodore Conley Theodore Conley ... Young Matt Hamill
Lexi Marman Lexi Marman ... Kelly
Kara Luiz ... Vivian
Cory Knauf ... Dale


THE HAMMER is a sports drama depicting the struggles and successes Matt Hamill faced on the way to becoming a champion. Raised among those with the ability to hear, Matt later finds himself no less an outsider amidst the Deaf Community. Through sheer determination, he uses his perceived disability as an asset, and becomes both the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Championship and an inspirational force to the hearing and deaf alike. Written by Anonymous

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Deaf. Defiant. Determined. See more »


Biography | Drama | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual material | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


All the deaf roles are played by deaf actors. See more »


Even though RIT is a division III school, they can offer scholarships to their athletes through the means of academic, need-based, and extra-curricular involvement. Predominantly through donations and grant money from alumni or the government, especially for the deaf or hard of hearing students. See more »


Stanley Leroy McCoy: Well, if you don't believe in yourself, I'm not going to.
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Featured in MMA H.E.A.T.: R You Ready? (2011) See more »


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Great Feel-Good Film
1 August 2013 | by colvin-leolaSee all my reviews

The Hammer kinda surprised me. I knew it'd be good, but not this good. I mean most inspirational movies are good and professionally portrayed. Also, let me say that I am a fan of the UFC. I know of Matt Hammil from the Ultimate Fighter and in his career in the UFC. I highly respect his talent and skill, so reinforce the fact all the obstacles he's had to overcome has made this movie that much more uplifting. I believe this movies is good enough to be nominated for a major award, but I don't hold any weight in the industry so....anyway. I'm in the process of watching it now, and had to get an IMDb account just to do this review. TWO THUMBS UP!! Oh yeah, I have a deaf uncle and I'm sure he'd appreciate this film.

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27 October 2011 (USA) See more »

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