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  • Actors: Phyllis Calvert, Jack Hawkins, Terence Morgan, Mandy Miller
  • Directors: Alexander MacKendrick
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jan. 2008
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N3T2GM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,264 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The life of a deaf girl, from the moment her parents realise that she has no hearing, through her struggle to express herself and learn how to lip-read. Her mother and father argue over the best way to deal with her condition, leading to a scandalous marriage breakdown.

Synopsis

MANDY is a straightforward story about a handicapped child's efforts to adapt to a normal world. Born deaf, Mandy is mute for most of her childhood. Her desperate parents enrol her in special education classes.

This DVD contains subtitles. --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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This black and white 1950's film is a moving story of the struggle of a young girl to overcome her congenital deaf and dumbness. This may not seem an appealing topic for entertainment but the script and the acting lift this film to a minor classic status. It is filmed against the devastating backdrop of war torn Britain with all its deprivations. This adds to the emotion of the narrative and supplies a certain nostalgia for those who remember those hard years. The theme probably gave a boost to the film enthusiasts who needed all the hope they could find in those dark days. The film is typical of the understated but effective way that the British film industry handled such themes. I strongly recommend it.
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I recall seeing this film first as a teenager, in the 1950s. I was impressed then, and still warm to this story. Jack Hawkins in a somewhat atypical role pulls it off pretty well, and the debut of Mandy Miller, as the title character, was pretty outstanding.
If you want a little insight into the world of the deaf, this film is a good watch, although I'm sure that the techniques are now outdated. You'll shed a tear or two, that's for sure.
This film was on my 'want' list for many years (never released on VHS, so far as I am aware), so it's appearance on DVD is most welcome.
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As others have said the storyline is about a deaf girl in the 1950's and the problems she encounters in getting the right education both in terms of social attitudes, resources and teaching methods. It is a bit of a weepy but there are subtleties that, for me anyway, make this something of a classic.

Although the viewer is obviously primarily concerned about Mandy, this central theme is also used to explore the attitudes and relationships of the other main characters, mainly relevant to the 1950's but some of it timeless. Primarily the mother is fighting for what she feels is the correct education in a special school against the wishes of her husband and his family. However this is not simply a right/wrong, good/bad storyline where good has to triumph. It is also about characters who make choices based on their upbringing, concepts and personal circumstances.

While there are many snobbish traits to the family and while the family clearly make wrong choices, the character interraction is quite subtle. The husband in particular is a complex character who does tend towards loving his wife and wanting to do the best for his child but who does also tend to believe that his choices are the right ones and that he should be the one to decide. When she goes against his wishes he has conflicts that fall short of an all out confrontation with her, still damaging the situation but not as badly as he could have. There is also a subplot of issues at the school with the headmaster who, although totally dedicated to the welfare of the children and correct in his teaching methods, is also slightly arrogant and to an extent in part responsible for the conflict he ends up facing with governors of the school.
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Loved this film the first time. Really enjoyed it again and again - this is unmissable and a great voyeaux on attitudes to special needs in the 1950's. Bought it with 'The Miracle Worker' - a great weepy weekend!
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I remember seeing this on two occasions when I was a child and was not dissapointed when I bought and viewed it recently. I don't think anyone could watch it without being moved at the story of a deaf and dumb little girl and her struggle to be heard in the world. Even my husband cried! While thing have come a long way with inclusion and sign language over the years, to me this film still portrays the frustration of not being able to communicate readily. I defy anyone to see it and not cry!
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I have nothing to add with regards to the film itself that the previous reviewer hasn't already covered. With this I am in complete agreement. However, what a disappointment the new dvd prentation turned out to be. No attempt to carry out any restoration work on the print (plenty of shake early on), no special features, nothing extra in the way of any cover inserts and worst of all NO SUBTITLES!

At around £9.00 this could and should have been so much better.

GREAT FILM.
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I watched this movie for the first time last weekend and was moved to tears.The film left an impressionable memory with me that I will say will last forever.This little girl played the role of Mandy with such natural ability it was amazing...I have never been moved by a film as much as I was by this film and what a wonderful world it would be if everyone could watch this film. Perhaps we could change people to think differently in a way that would make this world a beautiful place...Watch this movie ,enjoy the cry....The emotion will be with you for the rest of your life....Mandy was a beautiful and unforgettable experience that had something special that will be in my heart forever..God bless her.
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By abbaman on 14 Dec. 2009
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Mandy was a very sentimental film about a deaf child,and especially since child actress Mandy Miller was not deaf,she played a brillant part along side top stars Phyllis Calvert,Dorothy Allison and Jack Hawkins..pure brillance!!!
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