Why We Love It

Matthew Modine was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance of Sammy Ayers, a man forced to listen to the whole town bear its secrets while at the same time struggling with a secret of his own. Frankie Muniz, who plays the young Sammy, is excellent, as well as James Earl Jones and Jerry O'Connell. Well-written, with moments of humor as well as drama, this is a fan-favorite that can be watched over and over.

Description

Ten-year-old Sammy Ayers is painfully and permanently separated from his mother during a cross-country bus trip. Forced to go at it alone when he finally arrives in Georgia, he takes to heart the last bit of advice his mother gave him, "To keep quiet." Perceived as deaf and mute from then on, he is taken in and informally adopted by one small-town woman and the rest of the community. As Sammy grows to adulthood, he continues to pretend he is deaf and mute, thus hearing many secrets and confessions. But when he overhears a scheme that could hurt some people, he decides to take action to protect the townspeople who have become his family.

Starring Matthew Modine, Frankie Muniz, James Earl Jones, and Jerry O'Connell.

Starring: Matthew Modine, James Earl Jones, Claire Bloom

Directed by: John Kent Harrison

Genre

Drama / Movies

Released

1997

Run Time

98:20 min.

Available

United States

Cast

Sammy Ayers: Matthew Modine

Archibald Thacker: James Earl Jones

Mrs. Tynan: Claire Bloom

Young Sammy: Frankie Muniz

Rev. Perry Ray Pruitt: Jerry OConnell

Crew

Directed by: John Kent Harrison

Written by: Robert W. Lenski

Based on the Novel by: G.D. Gearino

Produced by: Tom Luse

Executive Producer: Richard Welsh

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