Director: Frank Perry Cast: LeVar Burton, Brian Dennehy, Rose Gregorio


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Based on a true story, Dummy stars LeVar Burton as Donald Lang, a deaf-mute teenager accused of killing a prostitute. Paul Sorvino co-stars as Lowell Myers, the hearing-impaired public defender who takes Burton's case. The court, deciding that Lang is incompetent to stand trial, orders the boy to be shunted away to a mental institution. Doggedly following the evidence trail, Myers argues for "due process" in the treatment of his client. While the film's ending is upbeat, real life does not always turn out so well, as the ironic closing title (which details what has happened to Burton's character since this case was resolved) demonstrates. Initially telecast May 27, 1979, Dummy was adapted by Ernest Tidyman from his own book.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/17/2011
UPC: 0883316336908
Original Release: 1979
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 38,973

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
LeVar Burton Donald Lang
Brian Dennehy Ragoti
Rose Gregorio Jean Markin
Gregg Henry Asst. DA Smith
Paul Sorvino Lowell Myers
Holly Robinson Genettia Lang
Steven Williams Julius Lang
Helen Martin Mrs. Harrod
Jonathan Pilurs Detective Romain
Paul Butler Sgt. Alonzo Hobbs
Frankie Hill Ernestine Williams
Allen Hamilton Dr. Romney
Patrick Billingsley Dr. Morris
James O'Reilly Judge O'Mara
Ray Price Black Giant
Tricia Borha Mrs. Lang
Joe Clarke Young Donald
Obilo Husband
Richard Cosentino Dock Worker
Jack Orend Weary Worker
Wilbert Bradley Bartender
Ira Rogers Rev. Jamison
Samantha Caulfield Woman Expert
Melody Robb Case Worker
Bill Nigut Chief Orderly
Nancy Baird Teacher
Irma Riley Black Hooker
Ian Williams Court Clerk
James Spinks Bar Patron
Frank Heinrich Male Resident
Jobe Cerny Bailiff
Nathan Davis Cop
Burton Collins 2nd Orderly
Yaumilton Brown Card Player
Lorenzo Clemons 2nd Worker
J.J. Butler Jury Foreman
Paul Cook Grand Jury Foreman
Bernard Chestleigh Jail Guard

Technical Credits
Frank Perry Director
Gil Askey Score Composer
William J. Cassidy Production Designer
Frank Konigsberg Executive Producer
Sam Manners Producer
Gayne Rescher Cinematographer
Donald R. Rode Editor
Ernest Tidyman Producer,Screenwriter

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