- 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00005UPOA
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,499 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Children Of A Lesser God [DVD] 
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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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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.
It doesn’t take him long to notice Sarah (Marlee Matlin). She was a brilliant pupil at the school but preferred to stay working there in a menial role rather than venturing out elsewhere to study. She does not speak or lip-read, and James is determined to find out why…
This is essentially a love story between two very different people but it’s also, for the era (1980s), quite a sensitive look into ways in which society looks askance at those who suffer from a disability. James gradually realises that he needs to adjust to those whose needs are not the same as his.
The acting is excellent, the settings believable, the dialogue crisp. No subtitles for some of the rapid signing, although in most cases a ‘hearing’ person translates; but perhaps that was deliberate, to show a little of how deaf people feel when in the presence of those who are speaking rapidly.
Rated R in the United States, for ‘strong’ language, and implied nudity and intimacies; however it’s rated 15 in the UK. It’s not the kind of story that’s likely to be of interest to anyone under the age of about 15 anyway, but I would recommend it highly to older teens and adults.
I would give four and a half stars if I could.
WHAT CAN I SAY?
This film is funny, engaging, touching,its crazy its human! and it is very powerful.
(William Hurt) is excellent but( Marlee Matlin) gives one of the most amazing cinematic performances.
she plays a Deaf woman, Sarah Lee, who's damaging family experience has caused her to become so angry that even though she is an intelligent, sassy, sensual, independent woman, she prefers to mop floors in her old school
James falls in love with Sarah's strong and commanding personality, but paradoxically still treats her in a patronising way, aiming to "improve" her by working on her speech. It becomes a battle of wills between them as Sarah seeks to have autonomy over her preferred medium of communication.
This is moving and thought-provoking film about love and being in a relationship
this film make you feel all the effort and struggle that's goes into negotiating a romantic relationship between any two individuals,and all the drama that goes with it love, friendship, acceptance, family .....
You will make you understood why ?(Sarah Lee)has the need for isolation as a defence against the world.
It will make you believe that one can find someone to share the silence and it is in that is what makes being vulnerable worth it.....its that magic of being human ...
when Life and love mix you can have a harmony of two together ...but it will only work if you are willing to give it your all...
this movie make you deals with all that
also deal with the close and silent deaf world as well the world of the hearing..
and the biggest lesson we all learn from this film is that
(((Love has a language all of its own.)))