Children of a Lesser God

October 3rd, 1986







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Plot
James is a new speech teacher at a school for the deaf. He falls for Sarah, a pupil who decided to stay on at the school rather than venture into the big bad world...

Release Year: 1986

Rating: 7.1/10 (7,361 voted)

Director: Randa Haines

Stars: William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie

Storyline
James is a new speech teacher at a school for the deaf. He falls for Sarah, a pupil who decided to stay on at the school rather than venture into the big bad world. She shuns him at first, refusing to read his lips and only using signs. Will her feelings change over time?

Writers: Mark Medoff, Hesper Anderson

Cast:
William Hurt - James Leeds
Marlee Matlin - Sarah Norman
Piper Laurie - Mrs. Norman
Philip Bosco - Dr. Curtis Franklin
Allison Gompf - Lydia
John F. Cleary - Johnny
Philip Holmes - Glen
Georgia Ann Cline - Cheryl
William D. Byrd - Danny
Frank Carter Jr. - Tony
John Limnidis - William
Bob Hiltermann - Orin
E. Katherine Kerr - Mary Lee Ochs
John Basinger - Alan Jones
Barry Magnani - Tom Schuyler

Taglines: Love has a language all of its own.

Release Date: 3 October 1986

Filming Locations: Beaver Harbour, New Brunswick, Canada

Gross: $31,853,080 (USA)



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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The film's box office takings shot up by an unprecedented 164% after Marlee Matlin's Oscar win for Best Actress.

Goofs:
Miscellaneous: The DVD back lists a main character as "John" Leeds, when the name should be "JAMES" Leeds.

Quotes:
James Leeds: Do you think there's someplace where we can meet that's not in silence and not in sound?



User Review

Beautiful and Touching

Rating:

Hollywood is full of overly wrought love stories in which the conflict seems contrived merely to create drama or comedy or both. In Children of a Lesser God the love is so simple, and the conflict so believable, that it feels less like watching a movie, and more like watching friends walk through their own personal story. The attraction between Matlin and Hurt is obvious, but genuine, and is filled with the kind of "touches" that make it feel real. It is also a visually beautiful film. Each shot is set like a still photographer capturing an image. The overwhelming beauty of the New Brunswick coast creates a background for the film that leaves one with the feeling of watching a moving painting. Matlin has unfortunately not since been offered anything near this piece in which to display her amazing talent. It is a shame that a woman who could stand alongside Katherine Hepburn and Jodie Foster as all time great actresses is not having the opportunity to display that talent because of her hearing disability.









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