Voices (1979 film)
|Directed by||Robert Markowitz|
|Music by||Jimmy Webb|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|March 14, 1979|
Rosemarie Lemon (Amy Irving) is a young deaf woman and teacher of deaf children whose dream of becoming a dancer is not supported by her mother (Viveca Lindfors). Drew Rothman (Michael Ontkean) is a truck driver working for the family business whose ambition to become a singer is ridiculed by his brother (Barry Miller) and father (Alex Rocco), who all live with the grandfather (Herbert Berghof) in an apartment in Hoboken, New Jersey. Drew becomes fascinated with Rosemarie after first seeing her in a train station. After tracking her down, he soon learns about her hearing impairment, but becomes fascinated with how she navigates life with the inability to hear, especially since music is Drew’s true passion. When Rosemarie and Drew start seeing each other, their relationship is strengthened by their ambitions and the need for support that they share. Despite initial criticism and commentary from Rosemarie's mother and Drew's father and brother, the couple manages to learn more about each other's world and become closer. In the end, they give each the love and confidence to succeed in achieving their dreams.,,
Deaf actress Linda Bove auditioned for the role of Rosemarie Lemon, but was turned down.
- Michael Ontkean as Drew Rothman
- Amy Irving as Rosemarie Lemon
- Alex Rocco as Frank Rothman
- Herbert Berghof as Nathan Rothman
- Barry Miller as Raymond Rothman
- Allan Rich as Montrose Meier
- Viveca Lindfors as Mrs. Lemon
A movie based on the life of Susan Davidoff, Miss Deaf America 1976.