Children of a Lesser God

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Overview

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 instruction. Naturally, Leeds...
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Overview

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 instruction. Naturally, Leeds already has his mind set on his teaching plan and proceeds to play loud rock music in class in order to teach the students to feel the vibrations of the music and get them to try to speak phonetically. But a new element enters his life when he meets the attractive custodian, Sarah Marlee Matlin. An exceptionally intelligent yet extremely bitter young woman, Sarah is a graduate of the school who has decided to remain there, in the confines of her world of silence; it's safer for her to be with her own "people" than to face what she perceives as a cruel and uncaring world. She hardly seems interested in James and will only communicate with him through signing, although she can read lips and even speak a little. James learns from Sarah's mother Piper Laurie that Sarah was sexually molested as a teenager; this explains why she is so wary of his attempts to form a relationship with her and why she is so full of fear. Eventually, James does get through to Sarah and the two fall in love, although both have to learn new ways to communicate their feelings. Though it seldom resembles the Mark Medoff play on which it was based, this directing debut from Randa Haines won an Best Actress Oscar for Matlin, for her first screen performance.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Theatrical Trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2013
  • UPC: 883929312450
  • Original Release: 1986
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:58:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,426

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Hurt James Leeds
Marlee Matlin Sarah Norman
Piper Laurie Mrs. Norman
Philip Bosco Dr. Curtis Franklin
Allison Gompf Lydia
John F. Cleary Johnny
Georgia Ann Cline Cheryl
William D. Byrd Danny
Frank Carter Jr. Tony
John Basinger Alan Jones
Jack Blessing Voice Only
Linda Bove Marian Loesser
James Carrington Mr. Harrison
Leigh French Voice Only
Nicholas Guest Voice Only
Archie Hahn Announcer
Bob Hiltermann Orin
Phillips Holmes Glen
Philip Holmes Glen
E. Katherine Kerr Mary Lee Ochs
John Limnidis William
Lynne Stewart Voice Only
Gigi Vorgan Voice Only
Technical Credits
Randa Haines Director
Hesper Anderson Screenwriter
Renee April Costumes/Costume Designer
Gene Callahan Production Designer
Michael Convertino Score Composer
Lloyd Fonvielle Screenwriter
Lisa Fruchtman Editor
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Barbara Matis Art Director
Rose Marie McSherry Set Decoration/Design
Mark Medoff Screenwriter
Patrick Palmer Producer
John Seale Cinematographer
Burt Sugarman Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Children of a Lesser God
1. Chapter 1 [:18]
2. Chapter 2 [4:20]
3. Chapter 3 [1:20]
4. Chapter 4 [5:55]
5. Chapter 5 [4:01]
6. Chapter 6 [2:56]
7. Chapter 7 [5:24]
8. Chapter 8 [1:13]
9. Chapter 9 [6:57]
10. Chapter 10 [4:31]
11. Chapter 11 [2:37]
12. Chapter 12 [4:33]
13. Chapter 13 [2:06]
14. Chapter 14 [4:18]
15. Chapter 15 [2:36]
16. Chapter 16 [3:18]
17. Chapter 17 [1:09]
18. Chapter 18 [3:39]
19. Chapter 19 [1:46]
20. Chapter 20 [4:58]
21. Chapter 21 [1:54]
22. Chapter 22 [3:07]
23. Chapter 23 [3:38]
24. Chapter 24 [5:13]
25. Chapter 25 [1:33]
26. Chapter 26 [1:43]
27. Chapter 27 [5:31]
28. Chapter 28 [3:18]
29. Chapter 29 [3:50]
30. Chapter 30 [:42]
31. Chapter 31 [5:58]
32. Chapter 32 [2:22]
33. Chapter 33 [4:34]
34. Chapter 34 [4:00]
35. Chapter 35 [3:04]
36. Chapter 36 [:12]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Classic Presentation of Deaf Culture

    OK, I'm biased because I've spent most my life within Deaf culture, but I'm still a hearing person. I use this for a break in an American Sign Language class I teach at the university level. While it is a tear-jerker, it touches on many themes common in lives of the Deaf. Despite it's age, the themes and issues still ring true today. Marlee Matlin's performance is wonderful, if not a bit overdone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Romantic Look Into a Silent World

    Children of a Lesser God is an intense love story based on a deaf girls fear of being emotionally hurt. The girl, Marlee Matlin, earned a Best Actress Oscar for her performance as the ¿mysterious, beautiful, angry¿ custodian at the high school from which she graduated. A new teacher at the school, William Hurt, sets out to teach her to speak, and quickly learns that she is more than resistant to the idea. The two fall in love but cannot find the emotional ¿place between hearing and silence¿ that they can share. This movie gives the viewer a glimpse of the plight that deaf people face in trying to interface with a hearing world. I love this movie. The DVD is permanent to my collection, and I recommend it for yours.

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    Posted October 25, 2008

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