Children of a Lesser God

Starting his new job as an instructor at a New England school for the deaf, James Leeds meets Sarah Norman, a young deaf woman who works at the school as a member of the custodial staff. In spite of Sarah’s withdrawn emotional state, a romance slowly develops between the pair.

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Film Cast:

  • James Leeds: William Hurt
  • Sarah Norman: Marlee Matlin
  • Mrs. Norman: Piper Laurie
  • Dr. Curtis Franklin: Philip Bosco
  • Lydia: Allison Gompf
  • Johnny: John F. Cleary
  • Glen: Philip Holmes
  • Cheryl: Georgia Ann Cline
  • Danny: William D. Byrd
  • Tony: Frank Carter Jr.
  • William: John Limnidis
  • Orin: Bob Hiltermann
  • Mary Lee Ochs: E. Katherine Kerr
  • Alan Jones: John Basinger
  • Tom Schuyler: Barry Magnani
  • Marian Loesser: Linda Bove
  • Martha Franklin: Ann Hanson
  • Mr. Harrison: James Carrington
  • Glen’s Father: Max M. Brown
  • Glen’s Mother: María Cellario
  • Glen’s Brother: Jon-Paul Dougherty
  • Sarah’s Friend: Linda Swim
  • Sarah’s Friend: Lois Clowater
  • Waiter: Allan R. Francis
  • Cafeteria Cook: Richard Kendall
  • Ricky: Christopher Shay
  • Woman in Beauty Shop: Laraine Isa
  • Woman at Party: Nanci Kendall
  • Mother: Marie Brazil
  • Child: Charlene Legere
  • Announcer: Leigh French
  • Announcer: Archie Hahn
  • Announcer: Jack Blessing
  • Announcer: Nicholas Guest
  • Announcer: Gigi Vorgan
  • Announcer: Lynne Marie Stewart

Film Crew:

  • Editor: Lisa Fruchtman
  • Sound Editor: Dody Dorn
  • Director of Photography: John Seale
  • Original Music Composer: Michael Convertino
  • Costume Design: Renée April
  • Casting: Gretchen Rennell
  • Casting Assistant: Ruth Lambert
  • Set Decoration: Rose Marie McSherry
  • Assistant Set Decoration: Mark S. Freeborn
  • Production Design: Gene Callahan
  • Color Timer: Ron Lambert
  • Second Unit Director: Patrick J. Palmer
  • Director: Randa Haines
  • Theatre Play: Mark Medoff
  • Producer: Burt Sugarman
  • Art Direction: Barbra Matis
  • Production Accountant: Leanne Moore
  • Second Assistant Director: Kim H. Winther
  • First Assistant Director: Jim Kaufman
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Steve Maslow
  • Screenplay: Hesper Anderson
  • Unit Production Manager: Stéphane Reichel
  • Makeup Artist: Ann Brodie
  • Sound Editor: Patrick Drummond
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Robert Grieve
  • Still Photographer: Takashi Seida
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Robert J. Litt
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Elliot Tyson
  • Hairstylist: Paul LeBlanc
  • Property Master: J. Tracy Budd
  • Production Sound Mixer: Richard Lightstone
  • Production Coordinator: Valley Via Reseigne
  • Script Supervisor: Susanna David
  • Costumer: Arthur Rowsell
  • Special Effects Coordinator: David Neil Trifunovich
  • Foley Editor: Linda Whittlesey
  • ADR Editor: George Berndt
  • Sound Editor: Dennis Drummond
  • Supervising Music Editor: Else Blangsted
  • Unit Publicist: Stanley Brossette
  • Technical Advisor: Richard Kendall
  • Costumer: Fabienne April
  • Grip: Ron Renzetti
  • Key Grip: Randy Tambling
  • Dolly Grip: Robert Daprato
  • Assistant Property Master: Daniel R. Bradette
  • Location Manager: Michael Jewison
  • Associate Producer: Candace Koethe
  • Choreographer: Dan Siretta

Movie Reviews:

  • Wuchak: ***A school for the deaf on a Maine island with William Hurt and Marlee Matlin***

    A teacher (William Hurt) moves to coastal Maine to work at a school for the deaf on an island where he becomes interested in a striking, but disturbed janitor (Marlee Matlin), who was once a student there.

    “Children of a Lesser God” (1986) is part celestial and mundane; beautiful and profane. Thankfully there’s more beauty. The Northeast coastal locations are wonderful and Hurt makes for a worthy protagonist while expertly pulling off a difficult role. Marlee Matlin is an exquisite revelation without which the movie would’ve failed.

    Everything builds to a stunning dramatic scene in the second half, which is expertly executed. Unfortunately, the couple hooks-up a little prematurely. More time should’ve been spent with the journey to consummation. Nonetheless, there are great moments here.

    The film runs 1 hour, 59 minutes and was shot in New Brunswick, Canada (Rothesay, Saint John & Beaver Harbour).

    GRADE: B

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