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Children of a Lesser God

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 1986
  • Randa Haines
  • 114 mins
  • 15

Summary

Romantic drama starring William Hurt and Marlee Matlin. On taking up his new post at a school for the deaf in Maine, speech teacher James Leeds quickly obtains results by forgoing accepted teaching methods in favour of his own unorthodox approach. Then, James meets gifted ex-pupil Sarah Norman, now a cleaner at the school, who stubbornly refuses to learn new communication skills.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

This adaptation of Mark Medoff's poignant play, about a woman for whom life's challenge is the fact that she cannot hear, picks up even more resonance in its understanding of the casual slights we inflict upon the hearing-impaired. William Hurt is subtly complex as the speech therapist attracted to his pupil, but it's the first-time performance by deaf actress Marlee Matlin that brilliantly articulates both a character and a condition. She deservedly won an Oscar for her powerful portrayal.

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Credits

Cast

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James LeedsWilliam Hurt
Sarah NormanMarlee Matlin
Mrs NormanPiper Laurie
Dr Curtis FranklinPhilip Bosco
LydiaAllison Gompf
JohnnyJohn F Cleary
GlenPhilip Holmes
CherylGeorgia Ann Cline
DannyWilliam D Byrd
TonyFrank Carter Jr
WilliamJohn Limnidis
OrinBob Hiltermann

Crew

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DirectorRanda Haines

Details

Theatrical distributor
U.I.P. (UK)
Released on
1987-02-27
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains swearing and nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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