And Your Name Is Jonah (1979)





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Jonah (Jeffrey Bravin) is a lonely deaf child who has been misdiagnosed as retarded. Jonah's mother (Sally Struthers) and father (James Woods) struggle to establish communication from their withdrawn son. As the specialists shake their heads and cluck their tongues, Jonah's parents finally manage to teach the child sign language, thereby opening up his world both intellectually and emotionally. Despite competition from the network premiere of Taxi Driver, And Your Name is Jonah managed to post excellent ratings upon its original telecast.
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Sally Struthers
as Jenny Corelli
James Woods
as Danny Corelli
Titos Vandis
as Grandpa
Randee Heller
as Connie
Penny Santon
as Grandma
Ruth Manning
as Mrs.Marquardt
Jeff Bravin
as Jonah
Lee Kessler
as Audiologist
Rose Barbato
as Carmen
Dick Rossner
as Intern
Michael Muller
as Teacher
Hilary Martin
as Teacher
Michael Griswold
as Dr. Tibbs
Billy Seago
as Woody
Robert Davi
as Dickie
Kathleen Hughes
as Nurse Hubert
Erica Yohn
as Jenny's Mother
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Audience Reviews for And Your Name Is Jonah

This movie was rather interesting when seen as a sort of time capsule, demonstrating how deafness might have been seen in the late seventies. I have several hard-of-hearing friends and was surprised at how much the perception and response toward them has changed since this movie was made. However, that being said... This movie was pretty awful. Not a single one of the adult performances rang true, the story was melodramatic, the characters were over-the-top and constantly irrational. This could have been a pretty good, fairly powerful little movie, but it was made for TV and it shows.

Hannah Megill
Hannah Megill

"And your name is JonaH" is an awesome movie that everyone should see. I highly reccommed it to those with disabilities in their family, those with hearing impairments in their families, or those interested in working with the disabled.

Ken Taylor-Mosley
Ken Taylor-Mosley

I thought Sally Struthers played a more serious role than she does as Gloria (All In the Family). Here parents of a deaf child are misled, as the medical community thinks the boy is mentally retarded. Any Parent would go to great length to find out how to save a child. Struthers make me see the negligence and carelessness of many so-called "doctors". Struthers has faith and persistance; Through a friend,Jonah finds he has a place in Society & belongs.

Rosie Kalimnios
Rosie Kalimnios

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