Children Of A Lesser God Script - Dialogue Transcript

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Children Of A Lesser God Script



[Bell Rings]



This is the most amazing

resume I've ever seen.



I've been with some really

good schools. The best.



All of them.

All of the best.



One right

after another.



And you've also been



with the Lucky Erin

Bar and Grill.



Pittsburgh. Bartender.



And a disc jockey.



In Oklahoma.



I used to broadcast

in sign language.



You've been

all over the map.



I've got

a lot of energy.



I'm sure you do have

a lot of energy



and a lot of new ideas.



I did, too, when...



But nobody's trying to change

the world around here.



Just trying to help

a few deaf kids



get along a little better,

that's all.



Everything else

is razzle-dazzle.



Am I, uh...



am I making

myself clear?



Yes, I believe

that you are.






Are we being punished?






I'm James Leeds, and...



my signing is rusty,



so how many of you

can read lips?



No one? O.K.

Class dismissed.



No, no, no.

No, no, no.



Just testing.

Sit down.



Lydia and Tony,

good lip readers.



Would you mind

closing your notebook?



Thank you.



Now, give me

one good reason



why we should learn to

speak. Tony.



To pick up

hearing girls.



To pick up hearing girls.

O.K. Let's work on this.



All right. Now...










O.K. Here are two

beautiful hearing girls.



You two guys

want to pick them up.



What is the first thing

you want to say, Danny?



Are you rich?



Are you r-i-i-ch?

Say it.






Good. Lydia.



I'm very rich.



Good. Tony.



Let's go somewhere

and do it.



No, thank you.



Let's go somewhere

and do it-t.



I would rather

do it with her.




How about you guys?



You want to join us?



They don't talk.



Fair enough.



O.K. Reasons to talk.




If your hands

are occupied.



For example,

some guy owes you money.



He comes by,



but you just happen

to be in a handstand.



How will you tell him

to give you your money?



You can't use your hands.

You've got to speak.



Give me my money,

you bum.



Call me names,

will you?



I don't have to stand here

and take that.



You want to fight, huh?



O.K. Put up your feet

and fight like a man.









Take your pots...



and your lousy food



and shove them...



Doesn't mince words,

does she?



Mr. Leeds.



Mr. Leeds.



Oh, Leeds!






Join us.



Sure. O.K.






Good thing you're

out of my classroom.



Sit down, James.



Mary Lee Ochs,

Assistant Superintendent.



Orin Dennis, math

and social studies.



James Leeds.



Leeds. Hi.



Did I hear

Miss Ochs say



you were

one of her students?



Yes. I started here

at  .



Really? Wow, that's

great. I'm impressed.



For still

being here?



Not what I meant.



See you all later.






Who is that?



That's Sarah.



Never mind her.



She's a pain

in the ass.



But who is she?

What does she do?



She works here.




I've got an idea.



How about the kids making

potholders for parents' day?



They don't sell.

We've got hundreds left from last year.



We do? Oh.



We do? Oh.



Sarah came here

at   too.



We grew up together.



Is she a teacher, too?



She was one of our

brightest students.



Would you give me

some of the water?



Thank you.



Leeds, you're a genius.



You will work.



[Classical Music Plays]









Mr. Bach.



Hear that...












Again. Faster.






One more time,







Great. Right.



That is great.




My Lydia.



Come here, Lydia.



O.K. Put your hands

on the speaker. Come on.



[Music Plays]



Feel that?






Feel it.



 Like a boomerang, baby 






 Love can turn, 

turn around now 






Use your voice.












 My heart can feel ya 






 Close enough

to steal ya 






 Don't slip by, now 






 Don't you know that I'll

be comin'back to find ya 






 You know a boy

can change direction 







love and affection 












 Like a boomerang, baby 






 Love can turn, 

turn around now 






 Like a boomerang, baby 






 Ooh, your love

can turn around 






 Ooh, my love is

gonna catch ya 






 It's comin'back

to get ya 



 It's good

that I met ya 



 Not givin'up 



 'Cause now I'm gonna

try to get ya 



 You know a boy

can change direction 




love and protection 



 Baby, baby, baby 



A drip.



[Very Loud]

Oh! What a drip!



No. No. No! No!



That's not what I meant.



I just wanted

to introduce myself.



I'm James Leeds.

It's Sarah, isn't it?



Would you like

to sit down?



Right here.



O.K. We'll both stand up.



Oh, I see.



Very good.

You got me there.



Could you

look at me, please?



If you don't

look at me, I can't...



So, um...

Dr. Franklin tells me



that you've been here

since you were  .









when did you graduate?



And, uh, now... now...

now you work here?



Are you reading

my lips?



I don't think that

you are reading my lips.






Gee, that was quick of me,

wasn't it?



You could've told me.



Why? I don't know.



How about common courtesy?



How about me

getting out of here



so you can

mop the floor?






you know,

if you let me,



I bet I could teach you

how to speak.



And you could teach me...



but I don't want

to mop the floor.



Gee, that was quick.



And you don't

want to speak.









It's a damn shame.



Costly, too.




is damn costly.



No. I'm talking

about Sarah Norman.



Right. Sarah.

Look at this, will you?



What a mess.



Has she ever

tried speaking?



Sarah's not

hard of hearing.



She's totally deaf.

Born that way.



That makes it tough.



The rain's

lousing up the fields.



It's a shame

that a bright woman



is stuck here

cleaning toilets.



Doesn't bother her.



Oh, no?



Look, hotshot,



not everyone

wants to be a star.



Sarah is content.



She had

a rotten childhood.



She was diagnosed

as retarded



until she was  .



We let her know

how smart she was.



For what?



She's productive.

Pays taxes.



Oh, brother.



All right.

You want to try?



I'll talk to her.






I'll talk to her.



Look at this.

Will you look at this?






It's going to cost

$     or $     at least.



Oh, brother.









All right.



[Bell Rings]



That's good.



You have to work

on S's, though.



O.K.? Go. Out.



James, Sarah has agreed

to give you an hour.



She's really

looking forward to it.



You're really looking

forward to it, aren't you?



What did I tell you?



Well, uh...

have fun, Jim...



as usual.



Well, Sarah, uh...



yeah. I do mind, actually.

Fire laws and all that,



but you go right ahead.






how would you like

to fake out Franklin,



make me look real good?



I'm sorry.

I didn't get that.















sign... faster...



the hour will be over



before I finish

my opening speech.



No. I'm all out of jokes.






I'm not funny.



Oh, yeah?



If you could hear, you'd

think I was a scream.



You're deaf? Well, I'll

try to remember that.



I'll forget?

No, I won't.



Listen, um... why don't we

get this thing started here?



Well, thank you

for stopping by.



The pleasure was mine.






My mama.



Your mama.



Great. Go.



Glen, who's your

favorite person?



Twisted Sister?



Twisted Sister?



It's the name

of the rock group.



Oh. Oh.



Try saying that.



Twisted Sister.



Glen, it takes courage.



I know.



Just give me

one sound.



One. "T."


















That's great.



That's great.



Yeah. Out of here.












Who's your

favorite person?



Princess Di?















[Bell Rings]






Hey, you want to play

stand up, sit down again?



Whoa, careful,



you almost smiled.



Ah, that's a girl.



That's the Sarah Norman

we all know and love.



If my jokes

are terrible



and my signing

is boring,



what are you

doing here?



There's a whole

empty beach.






I tried to call

your mother.



Hey. Hold it.



Wait. Wait.



I can't...



I didn't even talk to her.






I mean, can we stop this?



I mean, why can't we...



I mean, why can't we just...



why don't we...



why don't we...



go out and have

some dinner tonight?



Huh? Just give me

a yes or a no.









I think.



O.K. Um...



I will meet you

behind, uh...



the girls' dormitory,

 :  .



I will whisper

your name.






I know that sign.



That's the first sign

I ever learned.



It's in Italian.



Can I suggest something?



Will you

give me a break?



My Italian is worse

than my signing.



The veal piccata

is very good.



Look. I'm sorry.



V-E-A-L P-I-C-C-A-T-A.



I mean, you see,



by the time I finish,



they may be out of it.



It's veal. It's, uh...



sauteed in lemon

and butter.



What's veal?



Uh... God.

What the hell is veal?






Good evening.



Something to drink

this evening?



You want something

to drink, Sarah?



Our house wine

is very nice.



You want some wine?



Yeah. It's O.K.



Uh, white wine.



We'll take a carafe,




He doesn't think

you're stupid.



He thinks

you're deaf.



No. Only stupid

hearing people



think that deaf

people are stupid.



Do you really like

being a cleaning woman?






Yeah. I mean,

there are other jobs



where a person can

work alone in silence.



Not with toilet bowl




You should have told me

that was the attraction.



You are smart as hell,

you know?



You want to dance?



Can you feel it?






through your nose!



 Ain't nobody worried 



 Ain't no smilin' faces 



I'm not good at this.



And you are. Great.



 Lyin' to the races 



 Help me 



 Come on 



 Come on 




help me, now 



 I'll take you there 



 Help me, y'all 



 I'll take you there 



 Help me, now 



 I'll take you there 



 Oh... ooh 



 I'll take you there 



 Oh, oh 






 I'll take you there 






 Let me take you there 



 I'll take you there 






 Let me 



 Take you there 



 Play it, Larry 



 Play your 



 Play your piano, now 



 All right 






 Do it 



 Do it 



 Come on, now 



 Play on it 



 Play on it 



 Daddy, now 



 Daddy, Daddy, Daddy 









 Ooh, Lord 



 All right 






 Oh, I 



 I know a place, y'all 



 I'll take you there 



 Ain't nobody

worried, y'all 



 I'll take you there 



 Mercy, now 



 I'll take you there 



 I'm callin' 



 Callin', callin' for mercy 



 I'll take you there 



 Mercy, mercy 



 I'll take you there 



 I've been 



 Loving you 



 Too long 



 To stop now 



 You were tied 



 And you want to be free 



 My love

is going strong, girl 



 As you become

a habit to me 



 Ooh, I'm loving you 



 A little too long... 



I don't know why

I became a speech teacher.



O.K.? Let's dance.



It's too hard

to dance and talk.



 With you, my life... 



Well, maybe I like

to hear myself talk.






 Has been so wonderful 



 Can't stop now... 



I am a really good

teacher, though.






You should let me

help you.



What is that?



Lydia does not

talk like that.



Don't you want to be able to

get along in the world?



No one

wants my help?



That's your opinion.



That's fine.



You don't do anything

you can't do well?



 I don't want

to stop now 






 Oh, oh 



 I've been loving you 



 A little too long 



 I don't want to stop... 



Well, I would like

to walk with you.






my pleasure.



Mrs. Norman?

I'm James Leeds.



I didn't call again...



because I would've

hung up again.



It's    miles

here and back.




just five minutes.



I just got home

from work.



This is my time

to relax.



Discussing Sarah

is hardly relaxing.



Five minutes.






Well. Uh... let's see.



You haven't seen Sarah

in eight years?



Let's get this straight.



Sarah doesn't want

to see me.



Has she said why?



We don't communicate

very well.



Did you ever learn

to sign?



Some of the parents...



I'm really sick

of you people



coming here

every few years



asking the same




blaming me.



God. No one's

blaming you.



Of course they are.

They can't blame themselves.



So, it's all

my fault.



Fine. I don't

give a damn anymore.



I really just came

to ask one question.



What happened when

Sarah tried to speak?



What happened?



She looked awful.



She sounded awful.



People made fun of her.

What do you think?



Who made fun of her?



Other kids.



Her sister's friends.



Then she stopped

trying to talk.



She's very pretty,

you know.



Her sister Ruth had

a bunch of boys hanging around,



and they started

asking Sarah out



when she came home

on weekends.



It was wonderful

for her.



The boys really

liked her.



They treated her

just like they treated Ruth...



with respect.



If you didn't know

there was a problem,



you would've thought

she's perfectly normal.






It's true.

I'm early today.



No. Don't go.



I wanted to talk

to you, anyway.



No. I want to hel...



work with you.



I understand

that you're scared.



I understand nothing.



Sarah! Come back here.






Yelling at the back

of a deaf person.



Very good, James.



He's been at

all the best schools.



Why did you stop

going home?



Did your sister's




those boys that you

were going out with,



did they have anything

to do with it?



Yes. I talked

to your mother.



Please, let me

help you, damn it!






By showing you

the joys of sex



with a hearing man?



I think that's

one language you don't speak.



Yeah, O.K. I'm so...



Come on.

I can take it.



You have more than enough

communication skills.



I don't.

They never did?






[Stamps Floor]






Who is they? 



Hearing boys?



They could never be bothered

to learn my language.



I was always expected

to learn to speak.



Well, I don't speak.



Sex was always

something I could do



as well as hearing girls.






At first,

I let them have me



because they wanted to.



Before long,

the boys were lined up



on a waiting list

my sister kept for me.



No introduction, no talk.



Just went

to a dark place and...



They didn't even take me out

for a Coke first.



That's not what

I wanted to know about you.



I thought I was

such a big deal...



coming on to the deaf girl,

giving her a thrill.



No, Sarah.



All the time,

you were laughing at me.



I was thinking,

"poor little deaf virgin



who spread her legs

for every..."



You think that I'm

threatened by that?



You think that I give

a good goddamn



that you fucked every

pimply-faced teenager?



I don't.

I don't give a shit!






Sarah, please

listen to me.



I'm not going away.



I did the wrong thing.



I'm sorry. I...



I don't know what to say.



Tell me what to say.






you are the most



mysterious, beautiful,

angry person



I have ever met.



I am falling in lo...









I am falling...



into the pool

with you!



God! What a fellow

has to go through.



 My love will get ya 



 Like a boomerang, baby 









How are

things going, Jim?



Great. Just great.



Good. Good.

Glad to hear it.



We've got to have you

to the house.



I'd like that.



I warn you, though...

I'm a poker player.



So I've heard.



Are you a card player?



No, not really.




my game.



So much the better, huh?







for coming in, Jim.



We're really happy

to have you with us.



Thank you.






Oh, uh...



your size?






Be careful, Jimbo.






Don't fight it. 






[Tango Music Plays]










leading again. 






I got a funny

sensation in my toes... 



like someone was barbecuing

them over a slow flame. 



Let's throw another log

on the fire. 



[Tango Music Plays]







Ow! Ow, ow, ow.



You are...






nicest person...






ever met.



Who, me?



I'm the nicest person

you've ever met?



That's the craziest thing

that I ever heard.



You thought after

what you told me...



that you'd

never see me again?



Here I am.



Yeah, I was in love,




she broke my heart.



Oh. Yeah, I know.



Please don't

break my heart.



Did anyone

ever break yours?



You don't hurt

from other people?



You never hurt

from other people?



That's not true.



Sarah, I know

people have hurt you.



I know.



Suppose you admitted

that you hurt.






shrivel up and...



I'll take care

of you, Sarah.



I'll take care of you.



What do you mean,

that was my foul?



You moved into me.



You want to call me

an asshole, say it.



No. Say it out loud.

Watch my lips.
























Good. It was

still your foul.






Did you know



that waves strike

the average beach



about        times

a day?






That's true.



I just

made it up.



You do?



What do waves

sound like?






That is

what they sound like.



How did you

get to be so brilliant



and beautiful?



And pigheaded.



You're the most

stubborn person.



Yeah, you.



You're not stubborn? O.K.



Hi, beautiful.



What am I saying?







that was a joke.



It wasn't funny.



O.K., I won't

do it again.



I promise.






I promise.



Come on!



Mr. Harrison!

How are you?



Couldn't be better,







Jim Harrison.



He donated

the chemistry lab.



Your boy Glen

is coming along.



He's a fine lad.



Has he changed

that idiotic haircut?



No. I like to give

the kids a lot of leeway.




Shit For Brains!



Look at

those shingles.



Guess they'll all

have to be replaced.






Thank you,

Mr. Jones' class



for your informative




of the importance of

the four food groups.



[Skipped item nr.    ]



[Skipped item nr.    ]



has a special

treat for us.



[Rock Music Plays]



 Like a boomerang, baby 






 Love can turn, 

turn around now 






 Like a boomerang, baby 






 Love can turn around 






 My heart can feel ya 






 Close enough

to steal ya 






 Don't slip by, now 



 Don't you know that I'll

be comin'back to find ya 






 You know a boy

can change direction 




love and affection 



 Baby, baby 



 Ooh, and it's sweeter, 




 Sweeter, sweeter 



 Like a boomerang, baby 






 Love can turn, 

turn around now 






 Like a boomerang, baby 






 Ooh, love

can turn around 






 My love

didn't catch ya 






 But it's

comin'back at ya 



 Like a boomerang, baby 



Glen is singing.



It's really

a stupid song,



but he's

actually singing.



He's wonderful.



 Love and protection 



 Baby, baby 



 Ooh, and it's sweeter, 




 Sweeter, sweeter 



 Like a boomerang 





















 Love is

such a strange thing 



 Love is

such a strange thing 



 You know it tries

to shoot you down 



 You know it tries

to shoot you down 



 Throw it

out a window 



 Throw it

out a window 



 And it

comes right back 






 Baby, baby 






 Don't you know

that I'll find you 






 Like a boomerang, baby 






 Ooh, love

can turn around, yeah 






 Love can change your life

in a minute 






 Love will lock

your life up in it 









 Ooh, baby, 

love can turn around 






 Love can turn around 









 Your life right now 



 Like a boomerang, 




I'm very impressed.



Anything that

works, Edward.






 Comin'at you, baby 






 Love can

turn around on you 






Where did

they leave it?



In here.



Where in here?



What did they do?



Just a cut, huh?



It's five stitches,




You stupid son of...



She could have

seriously hurt herself...



in front

of a parent.



It's going

to stop now.



What? I don't know

what made her upset.



You've got no right

to mess her up!



She is not messed up.



I'm not

discussing this.



Nobody's going to fuck

with one of my students.



She's no student!

She's a   -year-old woman!



Nobody's going to fuck

with one of my employees.



It's going to stop!



She's quitting her job!



She's what?



She's quitting.



She's moving in with me!






Oh, I see.



She's going to be

your maid now, huh?



Jesus Christ, Franklin.



James, James...



I'm sorry.



I'm sorry.

That wasn't fair.



That wasn't fair

to Sarah, either.



I've seen this kind

of thing before.



It just

doesn't work!



This isn't

this kind of thing.



This is us.

This is Sarah and me.



I love her!



Sure, the kids

made me happy.



Is that

against the law?



I don't hate you

for not learning how to speak.






Sarah, I...



Iove you.



I need you.



Where are

your suitcases?






[Stamps On Floor]



It's your suitcase.



You are moving in

with me today.






I'm packing

your clothes.



You'll need

some clothes.



Now, it's your turn.



Screw your job.

I got mine.



You can do

whatever you want.






what do you want?






You got me.



What else?






You want...



deaf children?



What do you

want me to say,



that I want

deaf children?



No, I don't.



But if they were,



that would be fine.






Could you get me

some more, too?



I don't think

she heard me.



Mr. Leeds!



I don't think you're

an asshole anymore.






No. I

think you're a...









That's fantastic.

I got it right away.



Yeah, Dick-brain.



Really excellent.



Good work.



Choo choo choo choo.



Choo choo choo choo.



Machine, freeze.



Favorite candy, Tony.






Good. Go.






Favorite animal, Lydia.



Arnold Schwarzenegger.



Fine actor,

fine actor.










football player...









Thank you, Johnny.



And favorite

football hero, Cheryl.



Billy "White Shoes"




Great choice. Go.



You ready?



No, Franklin will

not expect you to speak.



My God,

you look so gorgeous.



[Doorbell Rings]



I'll get it.



This is great.

I cannot believe this...






And Sarah!



Oh, come in.

Come in, please.



Oh, Martha,

Sarah's here, too.



You've taught her

to play poker?



Not me.



She learned it

out of a book.




about that time.



Sarah knows

how to play poker?



It's good

to see you again.



You look... mmm!






Sit next to me.



No, no, no.

No couples together.



Let's break it up.



Come on,

break it up.






no cheating.



Don't start,




I've seen deaf people

cheat like bandits.



Come on.



Oh, yes.



Those little signs

that no one will see.



Very funny, Franklin.



Don't pay

attention to him.



With Jim, of course.




you can clean up.



Jim won't cheat.

He's not deaf.



That's very good.



Very good, Sarah.

Very good.



High card deals.



 .   .



You're high.

You deal.




dime, and quarter.



All of them?



Yes. Ante up,




Out of a book, huh?



Five card draw.



One-eyed jacks wild.



One-eyed jacks wild?



One-eyed jacks.






You're doing

great with her, Jim.




what a change.




impressive, James.



What about the poor

guys that lost?



Want these here

or in the kitchen?



No, I'll clean up.



It's no bother.

It's fine.



I can't believe

how well she played.



There goes my mad money.









where can I get

a copy of that book?



You are smart.



She bluffed me.



I folded with

three of a kind.



Did you

teach her that?



Quite a coup, James.



A lesson for us all.



Oh, God.



God, I can't ever

get close enough.



Say my name.



Just once,

say my name.



I'm sorry.



I need it... I'm...



I know I promised.



I'm sorry.

I forgot. I...



I'm not lying.



I don't want

you to speak.



It just came out.

Please, it just...



I'm sorry.






No. No.



I don't care! 

They killed my brother. 



Don't kill him! 

Don't shoot! 




shoot you, too! 



Get out of my way! 



Shoot please! 

Do it for me! 






Can we have some soda?






[Telephone Rings]



The phone is ringing.






The phone is ringing.



What phone?



The phone you can't hear

because it's so noisy.



Turn that

damn thing down.



Good grief.

What am I saying?






The phone is ringing.



The TV is blasting.



[Teakettle Whistles]



The kettle...



If someone would just fire

a bazooka through the window.






Can you hold on?



That would be great.



Water's boiling.









Ask him to hang on

for a second.



[Tires Squealing]



It's for you.



It's one of

the dorm counselors.



He's translating

a call from a deaf man.



It's Orin.



Lydia, Danny!

For god's sake...



It's over. Bye.



Thank God

for small favors.




You still there?




You both ready?



We're both ready.



This is Sarah

speaking to Orin.






Why are you calling?



I'm having a small

dinner party.



I want you

to come, please.



How about me,




Don't translate

that to Orin.






No, I'm not

saying please.



Wait a minute.



That was Orin

saying please.




it's my fault.



I probably

sounded like myself



instead of like

the dorm counselor



sounding like Orin.



He wants you to come

to a party for...



Marian Loesser.












She is dying

to see you.



Bring James!



Friday at  :  .



O.K. Fine.



We'll be there.



Yeah. Thank you.



My God.



Either I

just went deaf,



or it is suddenly

quiet in here.



I do not make

everything into a joke.



I possibly obscure...



How the hell

would you sign "obscure"?






I'm going to rest my hands



and my eyes



and listen to

   minutes of Bach.



You know...



I haven't turned on

my hi-fi since you...



Hold it.



That sounds like...



like I'm blaming you

for me not



listening to music.



Thank you.



I will.

I'll rest my hands...



and listen

to something beautiful.



[Bach Plays]



I can't enjoy it.



I can't,



because you can't.



[Bach Plays]



Show you the music?



Let's see...



I can't.



Don't be sad for you.



All right, I won't.



What should you

wear to the party?



I don't know.



Have I ever

heard of who?



Oh, Marian.

She's the lady the party's for?



No. Should I have?



She's very famous in

the deaf community.



Nice catch.



She has two Ph.D. s,

and she doesn't speak.



Take a look

at these.






I can't communicate

with someone



when my mind is busy

amusing itself.



You're right.

I'm sorry.



What do you hear?



I mean,

is it just silence?



No one has ever gotten

in there to find out?



Will you ever

let me in?



She's something,

isn't she?



Is she a lawyer

or something?



Uh-uh. An economist

in Washington.



A real math whiz.



How thrilling.



Yeah. It is.



I just feel like

everyone is talking



in some far northern

Hungarian dialect over there.



I know the feeling.



Just because I

wanted to leave,



doesn't mean you

wanted to leave.



All right.



Sarah, what the hell

is wrong with you tonight?



I'll wait.



Sure. Marian's great.



So what?



She has everything.




Great job. Money.



Well, I'll tell you one thing

that she has not got.






Oh, we're not talking

about me for once.



That's true.






Let's crawl under

the covers, sweetheart,



and pretend

we're in some...



romantic, distant place.



We're not. We're here.



Right. O.K.



Let's deal with it.



What is making you

so miserable?






Let's go to sleep?






You can't start a bonfire

and then say night-night.



And you can't

start a bonfire



and then run away,




Oh, you can do

anything you want?



Yeah, like what?




I can do nothing.



I'm equipped for nothing

and trained for nothing.



You feel like an idiot.



I treat you

like an idiot?



I pity you?



Wait a second.



And now you see Marian...



What about Marian?



Let you be you?



I don't?



I want you to be

a deaf person



so I can change you

into a hearing person?



I don't want

to help anybody.



I just want

to change and control...



Good night.






you think that

I want you to speak.



And you just

want to be you?



Well, who

the hell are you?






[Stamps Floor]






God, you want

to make love now?



Fuck you, lady.



Oh, that's what you want.

You understood that.



That didn't help much.



Oh, it helped you?






That's really wonderful.



Makes me happy.



What a night.



I think that helped.



Yeah? What have

you just decided?



No one's ever going

to speak for you again?



Come on.



How are you

going to manage?



Everyone's always

told me who I am,



and I let them.



"She wants, she thinks."



And most of the time

they were wrong.



They had no idea what

I said, wanted, thought.



And now they won't.



Well, that's all right.



I'll buy that.



No, I won't.

How could I?



Because I love you.



Love has nothing

to do with it?



That's wonderful.



Then what the hell

have we been doing?



Watch your hands?



It's hard to avoid them.



This sign...



to connect...






But it means

so much more



when I do this.



Now it means...



to be joined

in a relationship.



Separate, but one.



That's what I want.



But you think for me,

think for Sarah.



As though

there were no "I."



She will be with me,



quit her job,



learn how

to play poker,



leave Orin's party,



learn how to speak.



That's all you, not me.



Until you let me

be an "I,"



the way you are,



you can never come

inside my silence



and know me.



And I won't let

myself know you.



Until that time...



we can't be like this...






Well... that's

all very moving.






how are you

going to manage?



You can lock yourself



back in your

precious silent castle...



I heard.



I heard every word,

goddamn it.



I translated

for myself.



It went

from your hands



into my brain



and out my mouth.



And you know what?



I think

you're lying.



I don't think

that you think



being deaf is so

goddamn wonderful.



I think that you're

scared to death to try.



I think it's nothing

but stupid pride



that's keeping you

from speaking right.



You want to be

on your own.



You don't want

to be pitied.



Then you learn

to read my lips



and use your mouth

for something



besides showing me

you're better



than hearing girls in bed.



Read my lips.



What am I saying?



What am...



You want to talk to me,



then you learn my




Did you understand that?



You've probably been

reading lips for years.



But that's the great

control game, isn't it?



I'm the controller?



What a fucking joke.



Now, come on!



Speak to me!






Speak to me!






See my mouth?






Hear my voice?









I'm not afraid!



Hot chocolate.



Your favorite.



Have you...






home... to stay?



Of course you can.



As long as you like.



You need a job,



but there's nothing.



I'll... I'll... I'll help.



I... never helped.






hurt me now.



The last time, you...






sent you away because...



I didn't know...



how to...



take care of you.



Your father...



couldn't accept you.



He felt...



he'd failed.



You're right.



I hated you...






driving him away.






forgive me.



[Telephone Rings]









What... What should I say?


















I'm sorry, James.

No, she's not.



All right.



I'll call you

if I see her.



[Bach Plays]



Favorite books.



Favorite books.






Do you have any

favorite books, Glen?









I'll put that

on my summer reading list.



I have to see her.



I know she doesn't

want to see me.



She's made that

very clear.



But I have

to see her.



She'll let you know



when she

wants to see you.



She's working now.



She's saving her money.



She wants

to go to college.



That's fine.



That's wonderful.






I've looked all over,

Mrs. Norman.






Spring cleaning.



How was your day?



Are you O.K.?






You're not fine.



You're lonely.



[Music Box Plays]



He was here.



He misses you.



You don't know

what to do.



I think maybe you do.



 Hold me 



 I'll give you all

that you need 



 Wrap your love

around me 



 You're so exciting 



 I can feel you




 Oh, baby 



 I'll take you down 



 I'll take you down 



 Where no one's

ever gone before 



 And if you want more 



 If you want more 












 For my love 



 Jump in 



 And feel my touch 






 If you want to

taste my kisses 



 In the night, then 



 Jump for my love 






 I know my heart

can make you happy 



 Jump in 



 You know these arms

can fill you up 






 If you want to taste

my kisses 



 In the night, then 






 For my love 



 You told me 



 I'm the only

woman for you...  



Have a good summer,




Language skills

can be dangerous.



Use a little

common sense, O.K.?



I will, Mr. Leeds.



So long, William.



So long, Fuckface.






 For my love 



 Jump in 



 And feel my touch 






 If you want to taste

my kisses 



 In the night, then 






 For my love, jump 



 I know my heart

can make you happy 



 Jump in 



 You know these arms

can fill you up 






 If you want to taste

my kisses 



 In the night, then 






 Jump, jump 



 Ooh, yeah 



 You know my heart

can make you happy 



 You know these arms

can fill you up 



 Jump in 



 If you want to taste

my kisses 



 In the night, dear 






 Jump for my love 






 Come on and jump on in 






 You know

I need you...  



You look beautiful.



You wanted to see me.



It was a shock,



seeing you in there.



I didn't

know what to do.



You were scared, too.



I hear that

Boomerang song.



 Ooh, my love

can't catch ya 



You've been angry



since you

were a little girl.



You didn't want

to hurt again,



so you

used your anger...



to push me away.



You're sorry.



I'm sorry...



for hurting you.



But you

learned from me.



You learned

that you can hurt...



and you won't shrivel up

and blow away.



I don't want to be

without you, either.



Do you think...



that we could

find a place...



where we can meet...



not in silence...



and not in sound?



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