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Voices (1979)

A young man meets a deaf teacher and finds she is a great dancer. He encourages her to follow her dream of becoming a professional dancer.


Robert Markowitz


John Herzfeld




Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Ontkean ... Drew Rothman
Amy Irving ... Rosemarie Lemon
Alex Rocco ... Frank Rothman
Barry Miller ... Raymond Rothman
Herbert Berghof Herbert Berghof ... Nathan Rothman
Viveca Lindfors ... Mrs. Lemon
Allan Rich ... Montrose Meier
Joseph Cali ... Pinky
Rik Colitti Rik Colitti ... String
Jean Ehrlich Jean Ehrlich ... Snowflake
Thurman Scott Thurman Scott ... Patterson
Melonie Mazman Hayden Melonie Mazman Hayden ... Debbie (as Melonie Mazman)
Arva Holt Arva Holt ... Helen
Hubert Kelly Hubert Kelly ... Drummer
Rory Anthony Rory Anthony ... Bass Guitarist


A young man meets a deaf teacher and finds she is a great dancer. He encourages her to follow her dream of becoming a professional dancer.

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A love story beyond words. See more »


Drama | Music | Romance


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A love story striking gold!!
30 November 2007 | by teslamanSee all my reviews

So here I'm writing a review on yet another film in a category I rarely watch, drama. Not only that, it's a love drama, and I must say that I hardly think it can get any better than this. Since i'm a sucker for the grittiness of the 70's (aah, sweet childhood memories), the time which this plays out, just makes it even better.

Amy Irving is just terrific as the deaf teacher. This is by far the best role I've seen her in. I really liked her in "Carrie" and "Alias" but her performance here is pure gold. Michael Ontkean is also great as the struggling musician, earning his living at the family laundry to pursue his career. There is a clear contrast between him, being street smart, living in the rougher part of town sharing his apartment with his family and her, cared for, living in a nice apartment in the finer parts. Love don't care about the circumstances, it just happens.

We get to follow these two personalities from the first time their paths cross and to the finale(i won't tell you how it ends). Spliced in between are his family issues and his problems to making it work out with her. We get to see her struggle with an over protective mother and feeling the hardship of making a relationship work with a non handicapped boyfriend.

The story is really sweet and innocent. If you don't get touched by this movie some way it would really surprise me. Add to this some of the most memorable and beautiful songs found in a movie, hands down. 'On A Stage', 'The Children's Song', 'Rosemarie's Theme' and 'I Will Always Wait For You' are songs that will stick with me forever. Too bad the soundtrack is not yet available on CD.

If you like a really good love story you should absolutely check this one out. Seeing the few reviews here, it must be one of the most overlooked movies out there.

Now why isn't this gem transferred to DVD or BluRay?

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Release Date:

14 March 1979 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Hoboken, New Jersey, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,040, 18 March 1979

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Color (Metrocolor®)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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