Voices (1979 film)

Directed by Robert Markowitz
Starring Michael Ontkean
Amy Irving
Music by Jimmy Webb
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
March 14, 1979
Running time
106 mins.
Country United States
Language English

Voices is a 1979 film directed by Robert Markowitz. It stars Michael Ontkean and Amy Irving,[1] and featured a score by songwriter Jimmy Webb.

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.,,[2][3][4]

Deaf actress Linda Bove auditioned for the role of Rosemarie Lemon, but was turned down.[5]


A movie based on the life of Susan Davidoff, Miss Deaf America 1976.


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