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Love Is Never Silent (1985)

Margaret Ryder has always looked after her deaf parents, Janice and Abel. Long the only contact her folks have had with the speaking world, Margaret struggles with whether she should strike... See full summary »

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Joseph Sargent
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mare Winningham ... Margaret Ryder
Cloris Leachman ... Mrs. Anglin
Sid Caesar ... Mr. Petrakis
Phyllis Frelich ... Janice Ryder
Ed Waterstreet Ed Waterstreet ... Abel Ryder
Fredric Lehne ... William Anglin
Mark Hildreth ... Bradley Ryder
Lou Fant Lou Fant ... Reverend Maartens
Julianna Fjeld Julianna Fjeld ... Barbara
Jeremy Christall Jeremy Christall ... Marshall Anglin
Stephen E. Miller ... Driver
Alex Diakun ... Funeral Director
Greg Hayes Greg Hayes ... Neil Switzer
Frank C. Turner ... Mr. Frank
Ted Stidder Ted Stidder ... Doctor
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Storyline

Margaret Ryder has always looked after her deaf parents, Janice and Abel. Long the only contact her folks have had with the speaking world, Margaret struggles with whether she should strike out on her own or not. When Margaret decides to make a change and ends up getting married, her parents interpret the move as a betrayal -- and Margaret is forced to figure out a way to bridge her old life with her new one. Written by Jwelch5742

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

9 December 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Love Is Never Silent (#35.1) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Ed Waterstreet, Phyllis Frelich and Lou Fant are veteran actors from, and founding members of, the National Theater of the Deaf. See more »

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Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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Excellent TV movie
25 September 2007 | by thowen1988See all my reviews

"Love is Never Silent" is an emotional drama set in the 1930s and early 1940s. Unlike her parents, Margaret is not hearing impaired.

Therefore, young Margaret often finds herself acting as a buffer and an interpreter for her deaf parents in the hearing world. As a result, Margaret's youthful innocence is lost at a very young age and often does not inform her parents of the rude comments people say to her parents.

In addition, Margaret's parents, particularly her mother, become alarmed and angry when Margaret asserts her independence as she gets older.

Friendly neighbor Mr. Petrakis is one of the few who fully understands Margaret's difficult circumstances.

In the tradition of "It's a Wonderful Life", "Love is Never Silent" builds and sets the stage throughout the movie for the highly emotional scene towards the end of the film when Margaret finally stands up to her demanding parents.

Mare Winningham is brilliant as Margaret. Sid Ceaser is convincing as Mr. Petrakis. Cloris Leachman is great in this rare departure from comedy.

I highly recommend this emotional film.


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