Mark Medoff‘s tough play about deafness is sweetened and softened in this 1986 film adaptation directed by Randa Haines (Wrestling Ernest Hemingway). William Hurt plays a teacher newly hired at a school for deaf children, and Marlee Matlin is the deaf and withdrawn janitor who captures his attention. Romantic and heartfelt, the film makes its audience care very much about its two leading characters, and wince when Hurt’s well-meaning instructor allows Matlin’s handicap to become a problem. Haines develops some interesting visual ideas to underscore the isolation of Matlin’s world, particularly a lovely refrain that finds Matlin swimming alone at night. The drama is cut somewhat by the bouncy energy and good humor of Hurt’s students. Piper Laurie is very good in a supporting role as Matlin’s mother. –Tom Keogh
William Hurt stars as an unconventional teacher of the deaf who falls in love with a withdrawn school worker (Best Actress Oscar-winner Marlee Matlin) in this acclaimed drama based on the hit play. Hurt’s attempts to teach Matlin lip-reading and his imposing of his ideas on her life threaten to tear the couple apart. Piper Laurie co-stars. 118 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; theatrical trailer.
via Amazon.com: Children of a Lesser God: William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie, Philip Bosco, Allison Gompf, John F. Cleary, Philip Holmes, Georgia Ann Cline, William D. Byrd, Frank Carter Jr., John Limnidis, Bob Hiltermann, John Seale, Randa Haines, Burt Sugarman, Candace Koethe, Patrick J. Palmer, Hesper Anderson, James Carrington, Mark Medoff: Movies & TV.
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