Children of a Lesser God

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Product Overview

A teacher falls in love with a gifted but bitter graduate at a maine school for the deaf. Best actress oscar for matlin.


Studio Paramount
SKU 40145270
UPC 097360183948
UPC 14 00097360183948
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Character Study
Physically Impaired
Tear Jerker
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Variety "...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
Randa Haines
Marlee Matlin
William Hurt
Cast & Crew
Marlee Matlin - Star
Alison Gompf - Star
Piper Laurie - Star
William Hurt - Star
Philip Bosco - Star
Hesper Anderson - Screenwriter
Michael Convertino - Composer
Gene Callahan - Production Designer
Mark Medoff - Screenwriter
Renee April - Costume Designer
Lisa Fruchtman - Editor
John Seale - Director of Photography
Patrick Palmer - Producer
Burt Sugarman - Producer
Lloyd Fonvielle - Screenwriter
Randa Haines - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1986
Catalog ID 018394
UPC 00097360183948
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 119 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Name Marlee Matlin
Award Category Best Actress
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1986
Award Giver Academy Awards
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Audio
Product Attributes
Actor Matlin,Marlee
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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