Children Of A Lesser God


(out of 5)

goes to work at a school for deaf children and befriends a young janitor () who was once a pupil there. Getting to know her, he realizes she has been avoiding the outside world from fear, and through their friendship and eventual love affair, they give each other much in the way of confidence and emotional awakening.  is fantastic in a small role as Matlin’s emotionally restricted mother, who finally comes to grips with the ways in which she failed as the mother to a hearing-impaired child. Hurt is his usual colourless self, while Matlin does quite an impressive job with the role; to be fair, she got better later on, even if Hollywood never really had enough work for her to show off in. An emotionally satisfying, deeply felt experience, and one of the bigger dramatic successes of the eighties.

Paramount Pictures

USA, 1986

Directed by 

Screenplay by , , based on the play by Mark Medoff

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1986

Golden Globe Awards 1986

National Board of Review Awards 1986.   

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