Children of a Lesser God (1986)

Children of a Lesser God poster

Paramount Pictures
Starring:
 William Hurt, Marlee Matlin
Directed by: Randa Haines

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: James Leeds (William Hurt) teaches vocalization skills to deaf children and wants to teach Sarah Norman (Marlee Matlin), the school’s deaf custodian who refuses his help despite the pair falling in love.

Featured Feline: James owns an orange tabby cat which is seen several times in the film. First when James is setting up his stereo system he plays Bach. He walks over to the cat as he listens to the music.

Children of a Lesser God - James William Hurt beside orange tabby cat

In another scene, Sarah shows up on James’ doorstep and is sitting holding the cat. She stands up when James approaches.

Children of a Lesser God - Sarah Marlee Martlin holding orange tabby cat while sitting

Children of a Lesser God - Sarah Marlee Martlin holding orange tabby cat while standing

Later, Sarah and James are seen sitting on James’ back porch. Sarah has the cat on her lap. She hands it over to James and goes inside.

Children of a Lesser God - Sarah Marlee Martlin holding orange tabby cat close on porch

Children of a Lesser God - Sarah Marlee Martlin with orange tabby cat on lap beside James William Hurt

Children of a Lesser God - James William Hurt with orange tabby cat on lap on porch

Finally the cat is seen sitting at James’ screen door as if looking for Sarah to come.

Children of a Lesser God - orange tabby cat sitting in front of screen door

Final Mewsings: Cats can live in a world of both sound and silence.

Many thanks to our good friend T.j. Dotson for this great recommendation!


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