Children of a Lesser God Poster

Release Date: 1986

DVD Release Date: December 12th, 2000

R|1 hr 57 min

Plot Summary
Starting his new job as an instructor at a New England school for the deaf, James Leeds (William Hurt) meets Sarah Norman (Marlee Matlin), a young deaf woman who works at the school as a member of the custodial staff. A romance slowly develops between the pair in spite of Sarah's withdrawn emotional state due in part to her difficult relationship with her mother (Piper Laurie). Matlin, who is deaf in real life, won the Academy Award for Best Actress for this, her first film role.

Cast: William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie, Philip Bosco, Alison Gompf, John F. Cleary, John Basinger, Philip Holmes

Director: Randa Haines

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Intense, School, Mother, Transformation, Emotional, 1980s, Love


Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1986)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Actress in a Leading Role