After the Silence (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

After the Silence (1996)

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This fact-based TV movie stars JoBeth Williams as Pam Willis, a case worker for the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women. In the course of a standard investigation, Pam comes upon Laura Keyes (Kellie Martin), a 14-year-old deafmute girl who has been locked up since childhood and never taught sign language. Even worse, Laura has endured a lifetime of unspeakable abuse at the hands of her father. Taking Laura under her wing, Pam endeavors to teach the terrified girl how to communicate and function in the "outside" world--and in the process, awakens the soul that has been so long buried within Laura's battered consciousness. This mission turns out to be a desperate race against time when Laura's bestial father begins scouring the slums in search of his "runaway" daughter. Breaking Through debuted December 30, 1996 on ABC.

Cast

JoBeth Williams
as Pam Willis
Kellie Martin
as Laura Keyes
Alan Rosenberg
as Ned Burkett
Thomas Kopache
as Ray Keyes
Laurie Woolery
as Mrs. Moreno
Jennifer Delora
as Sister Anne
Nelson Mashita
as Dr. Roddell
Sal Lopez
as John Sanchez
Jeanne Paulsen
as Mary Keyes
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Audience Reviews for After the Silence

What a masterpiece and emotional TV movie and the best deaf cultures film in the history I ever watched. Kellie Martin's performance is masterful remembering she cannot speak, and her adoption of the sign language is also brilliant. And JoBeth Williams is strong as the social worker, trying against the odds to rescue Kellie, and the supporting cast are all good. Highly recommended!

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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