What The Deaf Man Heard

What The Deaf Man Heard

Director: John Kent Harrison Cast: Matthew Modine, Claire Bloom, Judith Ivey

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Scripter Robert W. Lenski adapted G.D. Gearino's novel What the Deaf-Mute Heard for this Hallmark Hall of Fame comedy. It was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina, by director John Kent Harrison. During the '40s, single mother Helen (Bernadette Peters) boards a bus for Barrington, Georgia, with her 10-year-old son Sammy (Frankie Muniz). She tells him not to say a word. The two are separated when she exits the bus and is carried away, leaving the sleeping Sammy to travel to Barrington by himself. Because Sammy won't speak, bus-station manager Norm assumes he's mute and deaf. Norm gives Sammy a cot in the back of the station, and he's fed by widower Norm's friend Lucille (Judith Ivey), owner of the adjacent cafe. Years pass, but the grown Sammy (Matthew Modine), working as a handyman, still remains silent. Well-to-do widow Tynan (Claire Bloom) orders him about when she has him clean porch furniture. Her snobbish son Tolliver (Jake Weber), who steals church money, treats Sammy with contempt. Tolliver's sister Tallasse (Anne Bobby) likes Sammy, and she confides in Sammy, thinking he can't hear what she's saying. Her father and Sammy's mother, they learn, both loved the Weill-Gershwin song, "My Ship." Throughout Barrington, the locals have learned to trust Sammy, but eventually, joyful junkman Thacker (James Earl Jones) stumbles onto Sammy's secret. Bernadette Peters is heard singing "My Ship" during the closing credits. What the Deaf Man Heard first aired November 23, 1997 on CBS.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/2000
UPC: 0707729108122
Original Release: 1997
Rating: PG
Source: Hallmark
Presentation: [Pan & Scan]
Time: 1:38:00

Special Features

Full-screen version; 2.0 Dolby Surround audio; Digitally mastered; Scene access; Interactive menus

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matthew Modine Actor
Claire Bloom Actor
Judith Ivey Actor
James Earl Jones Actor
Jerry O'Connell Actor
Bernadette Peters Actor
Tom Skerritt Actor
Anne Bobby Actor
Stephen Spinella Actor
Jake Weber Actor
Frankie Muniz Actor
Andy Stahl Actor
Tyler Noyes Actor
Hallee Hirsh Actor
Teagle F. Bougere Actor
Lance Reddick Actor
Daniel Kamin Actor
Patrick Garner Actor
Mary Lucy Bivins Actor
Patt Noday Actor
Terry Nienhuis Actor
Lorri Lindberg Actor
J.R. Horne Actor
Karen Williams Actor

Technical Credits
John Kent Harrison Director
Veronica Hadfield Production Designer
Lynn Kressel Casting
Robert W. Lenski Screenwriter
Eric Van Haren Noman Cinematographer
Jim Oliver Editor
J.A.C. Redford Score Composer
Brent Shields Executive Producer
Steven R. Smith Sound/Sound Designer
Linwood Taylor Art Director
Richard Welsh Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
255. Scene Index
1. Opening Credits [1:47]
2. Bus Ride [3:18]
3. Rest Stop [4:20]
4. End of the Line [4:13]
5. "Call Harvey" [3:12]
6. Firecracker [2:23]
7. Waiting to Be Picked Up [4:28]
8. Lone Suitcase [3:48]
9. Local Handyman [3:36]
10. Archibald Thacker [3:32]
11. Drawn to a Tune [3:07]
12. Making Some Noise [3:15]
13. Writing It Down [2:37]
14. Reverend Pruitt [3:00]
15. Norm's Trips [3:02]
16. The Devil's Bonfire [4:12]
17. Confession [2:27]
18. Laughing at a Joke [2:05]
19. Topping Tolliver [4:12]
20. A Fill-In Family [4:07]
21. Burn the Weevils [5:20]
22. A Night to Remember [5:39]
23. A New Church [:52]
24. "I Do" [2:43]
25. Words [3:29]
26. An Explanation [2:56]
27. The Truth [2:22]
28. Years of Saturdays [2:45]
29. No Plans [3:48]
30. End Credits [1:25]

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