What it is

Variety Magazine calls this entertaining, insightful film a pleasure...a joy...a delight. Sammy Ayers and his mother board a bus bound for Georgia and a better life. But the next day, his mother vanishes. Sammy responds by shutting himself off from the world, pretending not to hear or speak. The bus station manager and a waitress take in Sammy. For the next 20 years, he fools the townspeople and remains silent. Then he overhears a scheme that could hurt the people he loves. Join the fun as Sammy cleverly turns the table on an entire town!

  • Starring Matthew Modine, Claire Bloom, Judith Ivey, James Earl Jones and Bernadette Peters.
  • Includes "Making of" featurette, behind-the-scenes interview, biographies, credits and production story.
  • Full-screen version; closed captioned.
  • Approx. 110 minutes running time.
  • Originally aired 11/23/97.

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A five star favorite This movie is one my all time favorites. The all star cast does a stellar job in projecting humor and poignancy throughout the film. Its facinating to see this group of interesting characters in small town interact with each other,watching how their own personal actions have an effect on others. Overall,it is a delightful story that is will be enjoyable any time of the year. December 8, 2013
What the Deaf Man Heard A story that allows the viewer to know the characters in this small town and discover relationships that unfold in a humorous and heartwarming way. Provides a surprise and satisfying ending. A superb cast and always a favorite when we take it out of our video library to share with visitors. January 28, 2013
What the Deaf Man Heard One of our all time favorite Hallmark Movies ever! October 29, 2012
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