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Children Of A Lesser God [DVD] [1986]

William Hurt , Marlee Matlin , Randa Haines    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie, Philip Bosco, Allison Gompf
  • Directors: Randa Haines
  • Writers: Hesper Anderson, James Carrington, Mark Medoff
  • Producers: Burt Sugarman, Candace Koethe, Patrick J. Palmer
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Nov 2002
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UPOA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,937 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A maverick teacher at a conservative school for the deaf falls in love with a fiercely independent and proud deaf woman who rejects his efforts to teach her to speak. Marlee Matlin won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Based on the stage play by Mark Medoff.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exceptional Piece of Work 29 April 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
Children of A Lesser God is adapted from a stage play of the same name and the influences are clear - and rewarding. The plot concerns a new teacher moving to a island based residential school for the deaf and falling in love with one it's former students - now working as a cleaner in the school and the problems they have living in each other's worlds. This film is an impressive piece of work in every way for which Randa Haines is to be commended. William Hurt gives a star turn that will quickly make you forget the travesty of Lost in Space. In the co-lead is Mahlee Matlin whose virtually silent role gained her a much deserved Academy Award such is the passion and anger she brings to the work. It is a shame that Hollywood has failed to provide many mainstream vehicles for her talent. Equally exceptional is Piper Laurie as Matlin's mother - a small but beautifully played role. The supporting cast is very strong with the headmaster of the school (whose name I forget) giving a small but impressively wry performance as a man concerned for his former star-pupil and his new star-teacher. You can never doubt what the conclusion of the romantic storyline will be - such is the way of film - but it is uplifting and worth watching again and again.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It pulls no punches 10 Mar 2003
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I first saw this film when it was released around 1985. I found it powerful then-on a par with the 'Miracle Worker' the Anne Bancroft film about the relationship between Helen Keller-a deaf mute(as Helen's condition was termed then) and her teacher Annie Sullivan. Children of a Lesser God is also about the relationship between a teacher and a young woman who is deaf and who for reasons revealed in the film refuses to make sound or attempt to speak. Essentially it is a story about the deaf world and the hearing world and how people who live in one can misunderstand the other. Like the 'Miracle Worker' this film does not pull it's punches. It is not an attempt at political correctness nor is it banal with sentimentality. It has a story to tell and it tells it. The central characters acted by William Hurt (who had to learn Sign Language when he took on the role) and Marlee Matlin (the first deaf actor to win an Oscar) are played with a tongue in cheek humour, passion and intensity. A totally satisfying and entertaining experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good film 11 May 2012
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This was a video about the troubles and joys of the deaf although quite old I had never seen it and as my great grandson is deaf it gave me a bit more insight to the deaf world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this film! 6 Feb 2013
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I like to order films that I watched years ago!

This story stayed in my mind. I even recall that the stars William Hurt and Marlee Matlin became an item off screen as well as on. I can remember her winning the Oscar for Best Actress and William presenting it to her and her thanking him for his love!God I'm sad!!! (they split up not long after the Oscars though!).

Other reviewers have covered the plot. All I will say is that this film is funny, sad, romantic and touching and I absolutely loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On old favourite 29 May 2014
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I come back to this film time and again when I want to appreciate the silence in the noise. A lovely story, compelling and timeless even though you the eighties music dates it a bit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Give me a sign 10 Jun 2013
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I first saw this film many years ago and found it truly amazing. I also really like to watch William Hurt act and also thought that the female lead was excellent. I couldn't find it for hire and decided to buy it instead. I am glad I did, as I shall certainly be watching it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as I remember it 18 April 2013
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I always loved this movie, and was happy to be able to find it on DVD. It's as beautiful as I remember.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An old favourite 22 Mar 2013
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Saw this years ago and am currently getting all my old favourite films that are now on DVD. I loved it first time around and now it's great to have in my collection of old films.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I just loved this film
I originally had this film on a video film and it was very well worn. So I have now replaced it with this copy and, now that I can see and hear it clearly it is even better -... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mrs. Ann S. Friday
5.0 out of 5 stars fab film
This was bought as a gift for my mother, she thinks it is one of the best films she has seen, well written, poignant acting.
Published 16 months ago by Reeveth
5.0 out of 5 stars Children of a Hearing God.
The original play was a superb piece of theatre that translated well to the big screen. Although wider in scope than a stage, the film is careful to remain faithful to the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Elisabeth Frewin
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I was looking for this film for a long time. Very good purchase. Matched perfectly my expectations. Arrived on time
Published 18 months ago by Maria Cristina Alves da Silveira Ribeiro
5.0 out of 5 stars the need for isolation as a defence against the world.
One of the most critically-acclaimed films of the 80s, Children Of A Lesser God garnered four Academy Award nominations and a Best Actress Oscar for Marlee Matlin. Read more
Published on 1 April 2012 by S. F. husseiny
2.0 out of 5 stars Children Of A Lesser God
Fantastic movie, very powerful and compelling.
Just a shame the DVD is distorted after 36 mins in and misses 2 good minutes plus the pain in the bum experience
Published on 11 Feb 2012 by Griff
1.0 out of 5 stars omg
This is the most terrible, boring overly sentimental bilge i have ever had the misfortune of sitting through. Read more
Published on 1 Oct 2011 by JONESY
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