And Your Name Is Jonah 1979 NR CC

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Jonah is a lonely deaf child who has been misdiagnosed as mentally challenged. Jonah's mother and father struggle to establish communication from their withdrawn son

Starring:
Sally Struthers, James Woods
Runtime:
1 hour, 35 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Richard Michaels
Starring Sally Struthers, James Woods
Supporting actors Randee Heller, Titos Vandis, Penny Santon, Ruth Manning, Jeffrey Bravin, Robert Davi, Erica Yohn, Antony Ponzini, Paula Shaw, Jeremy Licht, Rose Barbato, Tracee Lyles, Robin Pearson Rose, Lee Kessler, Barbara Bernstein, Bernard Bragg, Billy Seago, Gregg Brooks
Studio MGM
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mikro06 on June 4, 2012
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Before you read my review, I would like to point out that I myself and fully hearing, but I am an ASL student in high school and plan on becoming an interpereter in the future, and i adore Deaf culture.

When i watched this movie at first I just couldnt get over how much i disliked the father, but then when the movie started progressing and (SPOILER ALERT!!!!) the mother starts to meet the Deaf community and they helped her learn and teach her son sign language and Jonah learned how to sign that first word and got really happy and started learning more and more then went to his mom and signed "Mother" to her i just cried, It was so overwhelmingly beutiful, and educational.

The movie brings you back to when Deaf culture was still kinda in the little d being mainstream kind of time, where insted of the gloss sign "How you?" they would sign "How R you?", and many other examples.

Not only is this movie so educational, when you get to that scene with Jonah finally being able to communicate with his mom... theres just nothing more beutiful than that!

This is a must see movie! I garentee if you get past hating the father and let the story progress this movie will either enlighten you or have you bawling from the level of joy the movie portrays at the end.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Chester M. Slinkard on April 25, 2011
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This Title should make DVD with CC or Subtitle! cuz they're cool part of sign Language by Deaf boy and The Parent look for to learn sign Language to make son happy can talk with parent! this Title great as we collected many movies " Johnny Belinda","Heart is an Longly Hunter","Man has a thousand faces","Love is an silent" as more deaf movies! Please touch with company to make Title " And Your Name Is Jonah" subtitle or CC! Please open voting! as Is help you yes or no? Thank!!!!!! Chester
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By meeps on December 28, 2012
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As I forge my way deeper into Deaf culture, I find that most hearing people have misconceptions about Deaf culture and ASL--more misconceptions than what seems reasonable. Though "And My Name Is Jonah" does seem to over emphasize the agenda rather than actually making quality film art, it is also true that hearing people need to learn about the issues brought up by the movie. If you feel invigorated by agendas, I would definitely suggest this movie. However, if you just want to learn about Deaf culture, there are better ways to find out, without being put off by this movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shayna P. on March 25, 2013
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At the end there is a lot of ASL, in the beginning it is about a family learning how to live with a son who just recently moved back from an institution, is deaf, and has no way of communicating with others. The family struggles with trying to mold him (at the advice of doctors and "experts") into a "hearing" child with the use of an extravagant hearing aid contraption and frustrating speech therapy. The mother eventually learns how to help her son to embrace his life as a Deaf child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth P. LaCour on February 26, 2014
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Although a bit "simplistic" in its cinematography when compared to today's mega bucks movies, the story tells it all. The frustrations of a mother and father first dealing with the misdiagnosis of their deaf son as "mentally challenged". Then, after several years in a mental hospital, Jonah comes home to parents who have no clue how to communicate with him. The struggle of loving parents, then, to find the help they need in a deaf world divided between the oral and signing camps. The "Helen Keller moment" late in the movie will bring you to tears.

Take a chance and watch it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kerri Butcher on March 20, 2013
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Movie is very dated and has no closed caption. The attitudes of all the adults at different times are alarming.I suppose people were that uninformed at one time but I don't remember it quite that way.
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Excellent movie for not what to do with a child who is deaf. Children need to learn language skills so the language part of the brain can develop naturally. Now with brainstem testing in newborns (the brain will react to sound), we should no longer have children who are misdiagnosed or only diagnosed when the teacher figures out they can't hear. Learning speech when you cannot hear it is a skill like any other. Like learning piano, some will be very good and some will never been any good at it. It is not a failure of character or intelligence.

I saw this movie many years ago and loved it. It sparked a lifelong interest in deafness, Deaf Culture, and ASL. I did find it so frustrating now because so much has changed and the ignorance was appalling to watch in the year 2014.

I thought the mom's (Sally Struthers) expressing her frustration for her son's needs and wants was very compassionate and apt. The actor portraying Jonah was also very good. All of the main actors were good in their parts.

I would like to say much has changed, but the misunderstandings between the hearing and Deaf world unfortunately continue. I saw this film on Netflix streaming and it is captioned, but warning, it does depend on whether or not your DVD player will pick up the captioning. I have some Sony brands that do not.
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By A. Hasting on November 18, 2012
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I just watched this movie and loved it! We used Netflix streaming, because they have subtitles.

Yes, the dad is infuriating, but many dads are. It was a stressful situation for both parents, and men often do not handle situations like that well--or did not in the past, when emotional repression was culturally accepted.

The person more infuriating to me was the oral deaf teacher. Argh! You will see. If you know anything about deafness or deaf people, you will understand.

It was so fun to see a deaf club! And Bernard Bragg was a nice surprise--I did not realize he was in this movie. His sideburns were awesome. And his signing, of course!

I do not want to give too much of what happens in the movie, but I will emphasize that I enjoyed it. If you are deaf or interested in deaf people/culture, you will enjoy this movie.
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