Children of a Lesser God

D: Randa Haines
Paramount (Burt Sugarman & Patrick Palmer)     
USA 🇺🇸 1986
110 mins


W: Hesper Anderson & Mark Medoff [based on the play by Mark Medoff]
DP: John Seale
Ed: Lisa Fruchtman
Mus: Michael Convertino
PD: Gene Callahan

William Hurt (James Leeds), Marlee Matlin (Sarah Norman), Piper Laurie (Mrs. Norman), Philip Bosco (Dr. Curtis Franklin), Allison Gompt (Lydia), John F. Clearly (Johnny), Phillip Holmes (Glen), Georgia Ann Cline (Cheryl), William D. Byrd (Danny)

Old-fashioned style sentimental romance about a school teacher for the hearing impaired falling in love with a young deaf woman.  He tries to encourage her to speak, but she stubbornly refuses.
Marlee Matlin deservedly won an Oscar for her performance, becoming the youngest actress at the time to win an Academy Award, and William Hurt also delivers a good performance with what is a rather indistinctive character.
Worth watching for Matlin's excellent performance alone, and though the story would generally work better as a stage play, this film adaptation is as good as it could possibly be.

Marlee Marlin in Children of a Lesser God
Marlee Marlin in Children of a Lesser God