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Children of a Lesser God (1986)

aka Children of a Lesser God

"Love has a language all of its own."

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Details: 119 mins · English, American Sign · R (USA)


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Small Sarah Norman
Small James Leeds
No_movie_poster Dr. Curtis Franklin
No_movie_poster William
Small Mrs. Norman
No_movie_poster Lydia
No_movie_poster Johnny
No_movie_poster Glen
No_movie_poster Orin


No_movie_poster John Seale Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Lisa Fruchtman Editor
No_movie_poster Michael Convertino Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Gretchen Rennell Casting
No_movie_poster Patrick J. Palmer Producer
No_movie_poster Randa Haines Director
No_movie_poster Mark Medoff Screenplay
No_movie_poster Burt Sugarman Producer
No_movie_poster Barbra Matis Art Direction
No_movie_poster Chris Bender Production
No_movie_poster J.C. Spink Production
No_movie_poster James Carrington Writer
No_movie_poster Mark Medoff Story Contributor


"Love has a language all of its own."


Sarah Norman (Marlee Matlin) is a troubled young deaf woman working as a cleaner at a school for the deaf and hard of hearing in New England. An energetic new teacher, James Leeds (William Hurt), arrives at the school and encourages her to set aside her insular life by learning how to speak aloud.

As she already uses sign language, Sarah resists James's attempts to get her to talk. Romantic interest develops between James and Sarah and they are soon living together, though their differences and mutual stubbornness eventually strains their relationship to the breaking point, as he continues to want her to talk, and she feels somewhat stifled in his presence.

Sarah leaves James and goes to live with her estranged mother (Piper Laurie) in a nearby city, reconciling with her in the process. However, she and James later find a way to resolve their differences.

Release Dates:

DVD : 2009-01-20

DVD : 2000-12-12

DVD : 2005-11-15