William Hurt’s character is kind of stalkerish and super-jealous, and unlikeable. So it’s dated in that this may have been okay with filmgoers in the mid-80’s, but I don’t think studios could get away with this kind of story today unless it was a horror/suspense film.
Setting that aside, Marlee Matlin deserved the Oscar that year, and Piper Laurie probably should have gotten the supporting actress Oscar – I see she was nominated (as was William Hurt). Dianne Wiest (the 1987 Supporting Actress winner) is also another actress I always loved seeing – I don’t exactly recall her performance in Hannah and Her Sisters though I did see that film.
Lots of genuinely funny scenes with the students and it’s lovely to see a film that doesn’t demean disabled people, even unintentionally.
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