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Director: Randa Haines     Starring: Marlee Matlin William Hurt
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Children of a Lesser God DVD 1 of 1

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Format: DVD
Sku: 40145270
UPC: 097360183948
UPC 14: 00097360183948
Rating: Game Rating Code
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A teacher falls in love with a gifted but bitter graduate at a maine school for the deaf. Best actress oscar for matlin.
Editor's Note
James Leeds (William Hurt), a handsome and dedicated teacher, just started his new assignment at an elite school for the deaf. Immediately, James begins using unconventional teaching methods to reach his students. Sure enough, he manages to inspire the most introverted pupils to participate in class. But there's one person James hasn't been able to reach: the deaf custodian, Sarah Norman (Marlee Matlin). Sarah, also an alumni of the school, has chosen to remain in the safe ecosystem of the hearing impaired. James, aroused by her beauty but put off by her cynical, cold manner, vows to know her more closely and tries to reach the sensitive woman hiding behind the tough exterior.

Based on Mark Medoff's Tony Award-winning play, CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD is a refreshing and original film. Matlin is both endearing and sensuous as the bitter Sarah. One feels warm and fuzzy inside as Leeds (Hurt) tries to coax the begrudging Sarah out of her shell. The directorial debut for T.V. veteran (HILL STREET BLUES, FAMILY) Randa Haines, CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD is a key film from the 1980s, it landmarks the growth of women directors in the industry and remains an inspiration for a generation of diverse filmmakers to come.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Audio

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Paramount
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/14/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 119 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1986
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 018394
Video UPC UPC: 00097360183948
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Marlee Matlin
Video Cast Info Alison Gompf
Video Cast Info Piper Laurie
Video Cast Info William Hurt
Video Cast Info Philip Bosco
Video Cast Info Hesper Anderson - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Michael Convertino - Composer
Video Cast Info Gene Callahan - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Mark Medoff - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Renee April - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Lisa Fruchtman - Editor
Video Cast Info John Seale - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Patrick Palmer - Producer
Video Cast Info Burt Sugarman - Producer
Video Cast Info Lloyd Fonvielle - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Randa Haines - Director

Professional Reviews

"...Superbly played....It's another seamless performance for Hurt....[Matlin] is simply fresh and alive with fine shadings of expression..." 09/24/1986

Los Angeles Times
"...An exceptionally adroit adaptation of a play to the screen. As a film, it flows beautifully under Randa Haines' direction and has considerable humor as well as dramatic intensity..." 10/03/1986 p.C1

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Matlin,Marlee
Product attributeLabel:   Paramount Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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