The Hammer

October 27th, 2011


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The Hammer

A coming of age drama following the life of Matt Hamill, the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Wrestling Championship.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 6.8/10 (236 voted)

Director: Oren Kaplan

Stars: Russell Harvard, Raymond J. Barry, Shoshannah Stern

THE HAMMER is a sports drama depicting the struggles and successes Matt Hamill faces on the way to becoming a champion. Raised among those with the ability to hear, Matt later finds himself no less an outsider amidst the Deaf Community. Through sheer determination, he uses his perceived disability as an asset, and becomes both the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Championship and an inspirational force to the hearing and deaf alike.

Writers: Joseph McKelheer, Eben Kostbar

Russell Harvard - Matt Hamill
Raymond J. Barry - Stanley
Shoshannah Stern - Kristi
Michael Anthony Spady - Jay
Courtney Halverson - Michelle
Susan Gibney - Janet
Joseph McKelheer - Ron Gross
Eben Kostbar - Coach Cantrell
Rich Franklin - Coach Pruitt
Gavin Bellour - Pat Hamill
Stephen Dodd - Coach Rich
Theodore Conley - Young Matt Hamill
Anthony Traina - Nick
Lexi Marman - Kelly
Cory Knauf - Dale

Taglines: He knew he could be a champion. They knew he could be much more.


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 27 October 2011

Filming Locations: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

You can spot director, Oren Kaplan walking through the RIT hallway when Matt makes his way to his dorm room.

Continuity: When Matt and Michelle are getting food at the drive through, a shot of the Ohio Bicentennial license plate is shown on the car behind them. The movie was set in the 90s and Ohio's bicentennial was not until 2003.

User Review

Hamill - Long Awaited by Some, Sure to be Loved by Many

Rating: 10/10

This is a movie the deaf have been awaiting for decades but it will be seen by everyone as a very special movie for decades to come. Fantastic panoramic scenes of Americana, a custom made score that brings emotion and incredible depth to a simple well written story, a twist on the use of subtitles that doesn't interfere with the viewing at all, and a subject matter that transcends sport, this movie brings people together and inspires like no other. The fact that the deaf and hearing worlds can equally enjoy this movie makes viewing it in a crowded theater a social experience like no other. "Hamill" will forever be looked at as an example of the power of simplicity and heart.