Children of a Lesser God

Children of a Lesser God
RomanceDrama
1986

Director: Randa Haines Cast: William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie, Philip Bosco, Bob Hiltermann, Allison Gompf, John F. Cleary, Philip Holmes, Georgia Ann Cline, William D. Byrd, Frank Carter Jr., John Limnidis

Academy Awards: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Marlee Matlin)

Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Leading Role (William Hurt); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Piper Laurie); Best Adapted Screenplay (Hesper Anderson & Mark Medoff)

I First Saw In: 2016

Synopsis: A new teacher at a school for the deaf falls for one of his pupils.

Did You Know? Marlee Matlin has the distinction of being the only deaf actor to win an Oscar as well as the youngest actress to win the Oscar for Best Actress.

And now a Word from the Guise:
Right out of the gate, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to watch the movie all the way through. Philip Bosco has the first line, and I was cringing from the very first syllable out of his mouth. He is very much a stage actor, and that translated onscreen as “schmacting”. But I’m glad I stuck it out, because William Hurt and Marlee Matlin are really very good.

It is, however, frustrating that here is, yet another, film about the story of a minority group told by a white male. He thinks he’s so noble, trying to teach deaf students how to read lips and verbally communicate. As with many hearing people, he believes that if they want to communicate they should have to learn how to speak rather than anyone else learn sign language. It’s more convenient for him for them to learn speech than for him to continue signing, even though he already knows ASL.

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