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Sweet Nothing in My Ear

Sweet Nothing in My Ear
Created by Stephen Sachs (teleplay)
Directed by Joseph Sargent
Produced by Marian Rees
Written by Stephen Sachs (play)
Starring Jeff Daniels
Marlee Matlin
Noah Valencia
Music by Charles Bernstein
Cinematography Donald M. Morgan
Editing by Michael Brown
Production company Hallmark Hall of Fame
Country United States
Language English and American Sign Language
Release date US: April 20, 2008
AUS: December 7, 2008
Running time ~ 110 minutes
"Sweet Nothing in My Ear"
Hallmark Hall of Fame episode
Episode no. Season 57
Episode 1
Production code 343
Original air date April 20, 2008
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Sweet Nothing in My Ear is a television movie that debuted on the CBS television network as a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie on April 20, 2008.[1] The film is directed by Joseph Sargent, and is based on a 1998 play of the same name by Stephen Sachs, who also wrote the teleplay.[2] It stars Jeff Daniels and Marlee Matlin as the parents of a deaf child, played by Noah Valencia, who struggle with deciding to give their child an implant that will allow him to hear again.

With the film Hallmark Channel and producer-director Joseph Sargent revisited deafness with a universal theme contemplating the relationship of a minority group to society at large, 23 years after their previous film around a similar theme, the Emmy-winning Love Is Never Silent (1985).[3][4]

Daniels studied American Sign Language before filming, in order to portray the language accurately.


Dan and Laura Miller (Daniels, Matlin) have been married for several years, but their relationship begins to change when their only son, Adam (Valencia), loses his hearing at the age of four. At first his parents accept this change because Laura is deaf herself. Though later, Dan begins to explore the idea that with a surgical procedure and cochlear implants his son may be able to hear once again.

A rift forms between Dan and Laura when Dan starts to favor the procedure and Laura and her deaf parents oppose it. Soon what opens up is a larger issue of deaf pride, also ethical issues around Cochlear implants and its effect of the deaf culture, as Laura's father Max, a deaf pride advocate, puts it, "The majority always thinks each minority wants to be like them", as he doesn't consider deafness a disability, and hence remains against the implants. Dan on the other hand sees this a deaf prejudice against him, and hearing people, when he simply wants to give his son a better future.

Soon, they take the dispute to a child custody hearing, but in the end decide to work it out on their own and stay a family.[2][3][4][5]


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