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Children Of A Lesser God [DVD] [1986]

4.3 out of 5 stars 35 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UPOA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,366 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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By Laura TOP 500 REVIEWER on 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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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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An old film by Oscar winner Marlee Matlins Deaf actress from USA plays this film brilliantly as to what is being deaf is like.
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Set in a school for the deaf in the United States. A new speech teacher, James (William Hurt) has just been appointed. His job is to encourage students to use spoken language even though they cannot hear. His methods are somewhat unorthodox but he quickly becomes popular.

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.
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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. Based on the hit Broadway play, it's the uplifting love story of John Leeds (William Hurt), an idealistic special education teacher, and a headstrong deaf girl named Sarah (Marlee Matlin). At first, Leeds sees Sarah as a teaching challenge. But soon their teacher/student relationship blossoms into a love so passionate it shatters the barrier of silence that keeps them apart.
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.
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By A Customer on 29 April 2000
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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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