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Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story (1979)

Based on the life of Kitty O'Neil, a young girl who overcame her deafness to become one of the top stuntwomen in Hollywood, and the holder of the women's land-speed record for driving a rocket-powered racing car.


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Steve Gethers (as Steven Gethers)
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stockard Channing ... Kitty O'Neil
James Farentino ... Duffy Hambleton
Colleen Dewhurst ... Mrs. O'Neil
Edward Albert ... Tom Buchanan
Brian Dennehy ... Mr. O'Neil
Jim Antonio ... Charlie
Sammy Lee Sammy Lee ... Himself
Richard Balin Richard Balin ... Accountant
Hildy Brooks Hildy Brooks ... Interviewer
George Petrie ... Warren Porter
Noble Willingham ... Doctor
Lisa Blake Richards Lisa Blake Richards ... Orchestra Teacher
Angelique Antonio Angelique Antonio ... Kitty-age 2-4
Elkin Antoniou Elkin Antoniou ... Kitty-age 8-10 (as Elkin Antonio)
Robert Weaver Robert Weaver ... Second Director (as Robby Weaver)


Based on the life of Kitty O'Neil, a young girl who overcame her deafness to become one of the top stuntwomen in Hollywood, and the holder of the women's land-speed record for driving a rocket-powered racing car.

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Release Date:

24 February 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vitória do Silêncio See more »

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1.33 : 1
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In this movie, Stockard Channing wears a bright yellow dress that she had worn previously in an earlier made for TV film called The Girl Most-Likely to...She also wears a white blouse that would also be worn in the film Safari 3000. These clothes are not from wardrobe but from Channing's actual closet. See more »


Kitty O'Neil: My mother, she lives in Texas. She runs a school for deaf children.
Kitty O'Neil: We talk on the phone every day.
Tom Buchanan: [Taken aback] A little deaf joke, huh? A little deaf joke.
Kitty O'Neil: [laughs] A little deaf joke.
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My first encounter with Stockard Channing
26 March 2003 | by martyb-3See all my reviews

Being one of the five people who missed Grease (the other four were clinically brain-dead), I was enthralled with the performance of this previously unknown (to me) actress, who I had to believe was hearing-impaired. I loved her and wondered where I could see more of her.

Unfortunately, I appeared to be one of only five people to ever see THIS movie, and the other four were also clinically brain-dead, so I couldn't ask anybody who this woman was (as I had failed to remember her name).

When I later saw Stockard Channing in some silly comedic role (and couldn't believe she wasn't actually hearing-impaired), I was disappointed. When I said so, a friend said "But she's always been a comedic actress."

"No!" I protested, "She is a wonderful dramatic actress! Did you ever see this movie about a deaf woman...."

I am glad to see Stockard doing dramatic work frequently now (including West Wing). I wish I could see this movie again, but it appears not to be available.

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