Children of a Lesser God

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Released 1986

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Director:
Randa Haines
Released:
1986
Rating:
R
Children of a Lesser God is the 1986 film based on the Tony Award winning play of the same name written by Mark Medoff. Sarah Norman (Marlee Matlin) is a Deaf cleaner at a school for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in New England. When James Leeds (William Hurt), an energetic young teacher with great ambition, comes to the school he makes of appoint of encouraging Sarah to learn how to speak. As the two spend more time together, romance blossoms and eventually they move in together. Their stubborn nature gets the best of them and the two struggle to make the relationship work. Eventually Sarah moves out and lives with her mother while the two work out their differences. Also starring Piper Laurie as Mrs. Norman and Philip Bosco as Gene Franklin, Children of a Lesser God was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Picture.

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  • 100

    The Associated Press Bob Thomas

    In terms of human understanding, the film is worth dozens of documentaries on deafness. [10 Dec 1986]

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    By telling the whole story from Hurt's point of view, the movie makes the woman into the stubborn object, the challenge, the problem, which is the very process it wants to object t...

  • 50

    Miami Herald

    Something happened to Mark Medoff's moving Children of a Lesser God in its translation from stage to screen: Somebody turned it into a soft-focus Hallmark card about deaf people. [...

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Drama

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Love & Romance