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Sweet Nothing in My Ear (2008)

Family drama about a deaf and hearing couple who struggle to decide whether or not to give their deaf son a cochlear implant.

Director:

Joseph Sargent

Writers:

Stephen Sachs (play), Stephen Sachs (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Daniels ... Dan Miller
Marlee Matlin ... Laura Miller
Ed Waterstreet Ed Waterstreet ... Max
Phyllis Frelich ... Sally
Sonya Walger ... Joanna Tate
David Oyelowo ... Leonard Grisham
Noah Valencia ... Adam Miller
Rosemary Forsyth ... Louise Miller
Bradford English Bradford English ... Henry Miller
Lily Knight ... Judge
Jack Laufer ... Dr. Carl Harvey
Chris Gartin ... Dr. Weisman
Deanne Bray ... Dr. Walters
Colleen Flynn ... Priscilla Scott
Steve Cell ... Jerry Scott
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Storyline

Hearing, devoted family father Dan Miller is delighted when a pioneering medical team's cochlear implant project offers his deaf son a chance to hear. Dan's deaf-mute wife Laura however leads an 'deaf pride' movement, which isn't satisfied with handicapped facilities but in earnest promotes a 'deaf culture'. Dan and Laura Miller need to come to terms with each others charged viewpoints to answer the question "What is the best decision for our son" The decision is further complicated by medical risks regarding the implant. Written by KGF Vissers and Josh Hurley

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Sweet Nothing in My Ear (#57.3) See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Final film directed by Joseph Sargent. See more »

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Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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Well done in perspective
21 April 2008 | by newton-36See all my reviews

I feel the movie represented the Deaf and Cochlear Implant cultures pretty much in perspective. I myself had an overwhelming decision two years ago to decide of I really wanted a CI myself. I came to terms in my choices and possibilities, even tho, I lost my hearing at an early age of 3, than a year later in my other ear.

Marlee is a great Actress, she's done things well and the work she performs in movies and television today.

Sweet Nothings In My Ear - tells the story of many deaf and hard of hearing in today's world where technology can replace one's hearing to almost normalcy as it can be. In the past year since my own surgery, I've become accustomed to sounds I remember hearing as a child, my life changed forever, once I told my audiologist to flip the switch on the computer to turn the processor on - 40 years of amazement filled not only mine, but my mother's eyes with tears of a flowing river you've not seen in many years of life.

I still have the residual hearing in my left ear today, I lost all the remaining hearing I had in my right ear, over 10 years ago and I never wore a hearing aid again in that ear, until I had my Cochlear Implant surgery last year and the rest is history in the making. I'm able to hear sounds I've not been able to hear for over 35 to 40 years at such normal ranges of hearing.

The CI itself almost restores one's hearing, but this is as close to what it can get technology-wise to restore one's hearing in a pinch.

Each person that has had the surgery either has an amazing story to tell after years of being silenced by sounds of the past. If it ain't been for my late grandfather's efforts to try to get my hearing restored as I was younger, he'd probably agree with me today, that history was in the making in our family.

The story is powerful enough to compile what families go through wanting them to what's best for their own children, even tho, they may not be at an age to understand what a Cochlear Implant can do, but the benefits are there, as for other's its either a wait and see process for them.

I believe, one day, science will be able to restore one's hearing without the benefits of a cochlear implant - its only a matter of time, when it will happen in the future.


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