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Inspired by the life of deaf UFC fighter, Matt Hamill, The Hammer tells the story of what it takes to be a champion, on and off the mat. The Hammer is a coming of age drama depicting the struggles and successes of what it takes to become a champion. Raised among those with the ability to hear, Matt later finds himself no less an outsider amidst the Deaf Community. But through sheer determination, he uses his 'perceived' disability as an asset, and becomes not only the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Championship, but an inspirational force to both hearing and deaf alike.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Item model number : 7.9602E+11
- Director : Oren Kaplan
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 49 minutes
- Release date : January 31, 2012
- Actors : Russell Harvard, Raymond J. Barry, Shoshanna Stern, Susan Gibney, Rich Franklin
- Studio : Arc Entertainment
- ASIN : B005TTEFXK
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #37,384 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Watching this film tonight, I got emotional since I could highly relate to his experience - never quite fitting with the hearing world and never fitting to the deaf world.
How so refreshing to finally see where the most overlooked or oppressed deafies who are ignored, made fun of or scorned...this movies finally shed light for us Deafies who fall through the cracks.
Since I also love wrestling (the HS/college kind - not the fake one on TV) -- and it was great to learn how Matt worked his way up to national championship. You can't help but feel like jumping from your seat and cheering for him gesturing Hammer! Hammer! Plus it was great fun to see RIT's campus - it's same as ever - I loved seeing all the crowd of Deaf signing away conversing with each other - very typical scene at a all Deaf community places.
To my relief, in "The Hammer" - all the actors were professionals - it wasn't Hollywoodish at all, nor amateur low budget all deaf type thus I appreciated this film even more. I wish there would be a sequel -- it's just the tip of the iceberg of a deaf man's journey in life and more needs to be shown to the hearing world to understand us better.
One of the neat feature and educational effect was how the film cleverly turned off the sound to show Matt's deafness for high pitch tones (I assume) and garbled sounds of hearing people speaking when he used hearing aids and then the hearing person's capacity to hear the waterfall... finally - I hope this helps hearing people to understand what deaf go through.
Importantly, I also like how this was a hearing-deaf friendly relationships. However, I was disappointed to learn this film was about 65% accurate according to Matt's observation- (he stated he pinned his opponents fast - not a long time like shown in the film) but that's how movie industry are - add a bit of drama to make it 'enticing' for customers to watch it - but at least I got an inkling of Matt's journey on this planet.
I will be buying the film for my hearing family! A must see film to watch - if you want to learn a bit about realistic deaf people - this is the film to watch! Spread the word!
Cheers for Matt!