Children Of A Lesser God

Synopsis: James is a new speech teacher at a school for the deaf. He falls for Sarah, a pupil who decided to stay on at the school rather than venture into the big bad world. She shuns him at first, refusing to read his lips and only using signs. Will her feelings change over time?
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Randa Haines
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 12 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
119 min

[Bell Rings]

This is the most amazing

resume I've ever seen.

I've been with some really

good schools. The best.

All of them.

All of the best.

One right

after another.

And you've also been

with the Lucky Erin

Bar and Grill.

Pittsburgh. Bartender.

And a disc jockey.

In Oklahoma.

I used to broadcast

in sign language.

You've been

all over the map.

I've got

a lot of energy.

I'm sure you do have

a lot of energy

and a lot of new ideas.

I did, too, when...

But nobody's trying to change

the world around here.

Just trying to help

a few deaf kids

get along a little better,

that's all.

Everything else

is razzle-dazzle.

Am I, uh...

am I making

myself clear?

Yes, I believe

that you are.


Are we being punished?


I'm James Leeds, and...

my signing is rusty,

so how many of you

can read lips?

No one? O.K.

Class dismissed.

No, no, no.

No, no, no.

Just testing.

Sit down.

Lydia and Tony,

good lip readers.

Would you mind

closing your notebook?

Thank you.

Now, give me

one good reason

why we should learn to

speak. Tony.

To pick up

hearing girls.

To pick up hearing girls.

O.K. Let's work on this.

All right. Now...




O.K. Here are two

beautiful hearing girls.

You two guys

want to pick them up.

What is the first thing

you want to say, Danny?

Are you rich?

Are you r-i-i-ch?

Say it.


Good. Lydia.

I'm very rich.

Good. Tony.

Let's go somewhere

and do it.

No, thank you.

Let's go somewhere

and do it- t.

I would rather

do it with her.


How about you guys?

You want to join us?

They don't talk.

Fair enough.

O.K. Reasons to talk.


If your hands

are occupied.

For example,

some guy owes you money.

He comes by,

but you just happen

to be in a handstand.

How will you tell him

to give you your money?

You can't use your hands.

You've got to speak.

Give me my money,

you bum.

Call me names,

will you?

I don't have to stand here

and take that.

You want to fight, huh?

O.K. Put up your feet

and fight like a man.



Take your pots...

and your lousy food

and shove them...

Doesn't mince words,

does she?

Mr. Leeds.

Mr. Leeds.

Oh, Leeds!


Join us.

Sure. O.K.


Good thing you're

out of my classroom.

Sit down, James.

Mary Lee Ochs,

Assistant Superintendent.

Orin Dennis, math

and social studies.

James Leeds.

Leeds. Hi.

Did I hear

Miss Ochs say

you were

one of her students?

Yes. I started here

at 5.

Really? Wow, that's

great. I'm impressed.

For still

being here?

Not what I meant.

See you all later.


Who is that?

That's Sarah.

Never mind her.

She's a pain

in the ass.

But who is she?

What does she do?

She works here.


I've got an idea.

How about the kids making

potholders for parents' day?

They don't sell.

We've got hundreds left from last year.

We do? Oh.

We do? Oh.

Sarah came here

at 5, too.

We grew up together.

Is she a teacher, too?

She was one of our

brightest students.

Would you give me

some of the water?

Thank you.

Leeds, you're a genius.

You will work.

[Classical Music Plays]



Mr. Bach.

Hear that...




Again. Faster.


One more time,



Great. Right.

That is great.


My Lydia.

Come here, Lydia.

O.K. Put your hands

on the speaker. Come on.

[Music Plays]

Feel that?


Feel it.

Like a boomerang, baby


Love can turn,

turn around now


Use your voice.


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