Children of a Lesser God (1986)
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Children of a Lesser God is a love story about a speech teacher who falls for a beautiful yet distant deaf girl in a small New England school for the deaf, and the obstacles that they face due to their differences. William Hurt plays James Leeds, a renegade teacher with an unconventional approach to education and a resume that includes stints as a bartender and a disk jockey. Upon his arrival, he is warned by school administrator Dr. Franklin (Philip Bosco) not to get creative with his
Oct 3, 1986 Wide
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Dr. Curtis Franklin
John F. Cleary
Georgia Ann Cline
William D. Byrd
Frank Carter Jr.
Archie Hahn III
E. Katherine Kerr
Mary Lee Ochs
Lynne Marie Stewart
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Children of a Lesser God, though given a handsome openness in Director Haines' production, cannot transcend the banalities of the play. But Matlin does. She is, one might say, a miracle worker.
Hurt seems to be bucking for at least two Oscar nominations here: one for his performance, the other for best echo effects by an interpreter of signed speech.
A genuinely touching love story and a clever gloss on the barriers and extensions of language.
This is romance the way Hollywood used to make it, with both conflict and tenderness, at times capturing the texture of the day-to-day, at times finding the lyrical moments when two lovers find that time stops.
A sappy but often genuinely moving and angry film about love, life and deafness.
Not unlike The Miracle Worker, this teacher-student-breakthrough movie updates the genre with several changes: the teacher (William Hurt) is an unconventional male, the student (Marlee Matlin) is an attractive female, and their relationship involves sex.
An amphibian movie which introduces us to the world of the deaf and then moves gracefully into universality as it explores the difficulties we all face in love relationships.
As atuações de William Hurt e Marlee Matlin são simplesmente inesquecíveis.
Just flat out amazing.
The film often makes for crackling good drama with plenty of leavening humor and magnificent performances by Hurt and newcomer Matlin.
Chemistry between Hurt and Matlin is what makes this one better than most romantic dramas.
The film is highlighted by a tremendous debut performance (Academy Award winning, in fact) by Marlee Matlin.
Audience Reviews for Children of a Lesser God
- Sarah Norman: Could you please speak up!
- Sarah Norman: Until you let me be an I the way you are an I, you can never come into my silence and know me.
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