Children of a Lesser God is a 1986 American romantic drama film directed by Randa Haines and written by Hesper Anderson and Mark Medoff. An adaptation of Medoff's Tony Award-winning stage play of the same name, the film stars William Hurt and Marlee Matlin (in an Oscar-winning performance) as employees at a school for the deaf: a hearing speech teacher and a deaf custodian, respectively, whose conflicting ideologies on speech and deafness create tension and discord in their developing romantic relationship.
James Leeds: (at the end of the school year, James encounters deaf student William who has a tendency to use his newly-developed speech skills for profanity) Language skills can be dangerous, so use a little common sense. So long, William.
William: So long, fuck-face!
(Translating Sarah's sign language)
James Leeds: Sex was always something I could do as well as hearing girls. Better.
James Leeds: You can't start a bonfire and then say night night.
|Release Date||13 September 1986|
|US Box Office||$32,000,000|
|Tagline||Love has a language all of its own.|
|Filming Locations||Beaver Harbour, New Brunswick, Canada|
|Language||English, American Sign Language|
|Film Class||Romantic Drama, Psychological Drama|
|Mood||In the Mood for Love|
|Themes||Living With Disability, Teachers and Students, Haunted By the Past, Opposites Attract|
|Tones||Earnest, Heartwarming, Compassionate, Lyrical, Reflective, Poignant|