Children of a Lesser God (1986) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
|There is nothing much new to do with the
story of a relationship between one "normal"
person and one with some kind of otherness - in this
case, deafness. This is not an exceptionally
groundbreaking film, but it is a sensitive story about
the effort of a language teacher and a deaf person to
communicate with each other in some way that allows them
equality and full partnership.
difficult to recall a case where a film did so much for
one person. Before this movie, Marlee Matlin had never
worked in a film in any capacity, and the only adult
acting she had done at all was in a minor role in the
stage version of Children of a Lesser God.
In the film version, she got a
shot at the lead, and ended up winning the Best Actress
Matlin goes skinny dipping twice. Although her
nipples are never seen, there are beautiful shots
of her buns underwater.
this guaranteed her overnight fame, but she never really
managed to follow up the success of this film. She really
is deaf, of course, and the number of appropriate roles
was limited by the requirements of box office appeal. She
got what seemed like another chance in 1993's
custom-designed "Hear No Evil", but that just turned
out to be yet another dishwater-dull thriller, albeit with a new gimmick. So Marlee Matlin has languished
in career limbo for about 15 years now - an
extraordinarily talented and beautiful actress who never
really found the roles she needed to perpetuate her
DVD info from Amazon.
a good transfer, anamorphic widescreen enhanced
for 16x9 screens, but no features at all except
the original trailer.
|This film is positioned
in a very difficult niche. If it were cleaned up only a
hair, it would be a terrific movie to watch with your
kids. The nude scene is brief and very tasteful, but the
language is rough enough that the film is rated
Yet it is really a family movie at
It seems like a shame that kids can't see
it, because a lot of the film's set pieces would really
resonate with kids and teens, and would provide them
edification as well.
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters
score it 7.0/10, Apollo users 74/100.
- With their
dollars ... it did moderately well. $31
million was respectable by 1986 standards. The
film placed 34th in that year's box
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