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Sweet Nothing in My Ear (2008)

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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 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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Drama

Certificate:

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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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Trivia

A relative, it might have even been his wife, of director Sargent was deaf. The subject matter would have been close to home for him. See more »

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

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What do you get when you take the dialog out of a dramatic film?
21 April 2008 | by nmxSee all my reviews

We get nice close-ups of people's faces for minutes at a time. Every once in a while you can see a finger or hand flit by. For a film in which the standard mode of communication is American Sign Language, shouldn't you keep the signed conversation on-screen? Also, were the actors specifically directed to act deadpan? I have seen Marlee Matlin act very expressively before, so some other force must have been at work. During scenes of intense argument and emotion, even depicting a turning point for some of the characters, we have minutes of camera switches between characters' faces. No signing visible on screen. No facial expression to tell you who's angry, who's hurt, who's sympathetic, who cares.


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