Genre Guesstimation – If You Could See What I Hear (1982)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Nick Rehak of French Toast Sunday and we will be reviewing our favorite Biographical Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of May by sending them to bionick@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Nick!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Biographical Films……

“[incredulously] Your friend is blind?” – Policeman

“More or less, yeah.” – Will Sly

“Then why the hell is he driving?” – Policeman

‘Cause he’s the only one who’s sober! [Tom does a backflip over the car] See?” – Will Sly

Number of Times Seen – At least twice (Cable in the 80’s and 23 May 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A blind musician tries to make it in the world despite his disability.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing numerous times on cable as a kid and always recalled the scene in the pool because of what is done there.

Marc Singer was a very popular actor in the early 80’s and the part he plays here stands out so much due to his performance and confidence that they show.

The story is one that is quite inspirational and the fact that it’s based on a real person and real events adds so much to the way one looks at a story like this one.

The confidence of the main character throughout gives the viewer so much to care about because it is so easy to see that this character isn’t the one with a problem, but rather every one around him is since he acts as if he is not handicapped at all.

The film doesn’t quite live up to it’s potential and despite an emotional scene in the climax,. the story still feels a sif something is missing that would have helped raise it up to the next level and make it much more powerful and poignant in all that they do here.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This is about blind Hollywood celebrity Tom Sullivan, based on his memoirs. Sullivan is an actor who appeared on shows like WKRP in Cincinnati and Search for Tomorrow. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really. It s inspirational, but something is missing that would have made it so much more powerful.

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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