Children of a Lesser God

Children of a Lesser God

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Children of a Lesser God

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/10/2017
UPC: 0032429284570
Original Release: 1986
Rating: R
Source: Paramount
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:58:00
Sales rank: 3,884

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 Tony
Philip Holmes Glen
John Limnidis William
Bob Hiltermann Orin
E. Katherine Kerr Mary Lee Ochs
John Basinger Alan Jones
Linda Bove Marian Loesser
James Carrington Mr. Harrison
Leigh French Announcer
Jack Blessing Announcer
Nicholas Guest Announcer
Gigi Vorgan Announcer
Lynne Stewart Announcer
Archie Hahn Announcer

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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Children of a Lesser God 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago