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Alexander Graham Bell: The Sound and the Silence (1991)

The Sound and the Silence (original title)
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Credited cast:
John Bach ... Alexander Graham Bell
Ian Bannen ... Melville
Vanessa Vaughan Vanessa Vaughan
Brenda Fricker ... Eliza
Jim McLarty ... Sumner Tainter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dwight Bacquie Dwight Bacquie ... Charles Thompson (as Dwight Peter Bacquie)
Lawrence Bayne ... Glenn Curtiss
Francis Bell Francis Bell ... Thomas Watson
Rhondee Beriault Rhondee Beriault ... Helen Keller
Ken Blackburn Ken Blackburn ... Elisha Gray
Alistair Browning ... Dr. Clarence Blake
Gerald Bryan Gerald Bryan ... William Orton
Patrick Brymer Patrick Brymer ... Tamblyn
Melissa Cassin Melissa Cassin ... Daisy
Clare Corridan Clare Corridan ... Susanna Hall


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Canada | New Zealand | Ireland



Release Date:

18 July 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alexander Graham Bell: The Sound and the Silence See more »

Filming Locations:

Baddeck, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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Alexander Graham Bell invented a working single wing airplane before the Wright brothers invented their successful bi-wing plane at Kitty Hawk. See more »

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Excellent, enjoyable biography
18 August 2000 | by thericaSee all my reviews

This made-for-tv movie runs 3 hours but is worth it, indeed.

It begins with young Alex Bell's childhood in Ireland, and follows both his development as an inventor and his usually strained, disapproving relationship with his father, who felt Alex was a useless daydreamer.

Instead, Alex goes on to become a successful deaf teacher, contemporary with Gallaudet who is protrayed as well in the movie, although the two didn't see eye-to-eye on approaches to teaching the deaf.

Alex begins to invent a number of interesting items as well as discovering a broad spectrum of new ideas and theories. I was amazed to see what all he has contributed to our civilization in a number of areas, even including his neck-in-neck competition with the Wright Brothers to invent a controllable self-propelled aircraft.

This movie is very heartwarming and fresh. The only annoying part was the sometimes quick changes in age as Alex and others grow old, and the sudden change in a new actor for the character occasionally leaves one bewildered for a few moments or even minutes.

Overall, this is a fantastic, educational film for everyone, and a great family movie that could lead to a nice project on studying the life and contributions of Alexander Graham Bell.

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