Matthew Modine was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance of Sammy Ayers, a man forced to listen to the whole town bear its secrets while at the same time struggling with a secret of his own.
Ten-year-old Sammy Ayers is painfully and permanently separated from his mother during a cross-country bus trip. Forced to go at it alone when he finally arrives in Georgia, he takes to heart the last bit of advice his mother gave him, "To keep quiet." Perceived as deaf and mute from then on, he is taken in and informally adopted by one small-town woman and the rest of the community. As Sammy grows to adulthood, he continues to pretend he is deaf and mute, thus hearing many secrets and confessions. But when he overhears a scheme that could hurt some people, he decides to take action to protect the townspeople who have become his family.
Starring: Matthew Modine, James Earl Jones, Claire Bloom
Directed by : John Kent Harrison
Drama / Movies
1 hr 38 min
Sammy Ayers: Matthew Modine
Archibald Thacker: James Earl Jones
Mrs. Tynan: Claire Bloom
Young Sammy: Frankie Muniz
Rev. Perry Ray Pruitt: Jerry OConnell
Directed by: John Kent Harrison
Written by: Robert W. Lenski
Based on the Novel by: G.D. Gearino
Produced by: Tom Luse
Executive Producer: Richard Welsh