When their ship docks the crew disembark as usual to pick up their lives in postwar London. For one of them his petty smuggling turns more serious when he finds himself caught up with a robbery in the City.
Mandy was born deaf and has been mute for all of her life. Her parents believe she is able to speak if she can only be taught and so enrol her with a special teacher.Written by
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Jack Hawkins always regarded this as one of his favorite films, believing it was a turning point in his career. See more »
When Harry Garland, Mandy's father, precipitously leaves the flat where Mandy and Christine are staying, he departs empty handed. In the next scene, coming out of the taxi, he has the bag he had brought into the flat. See more »
Don't you see? Because she isn't used to them that this sort of thing happens. She must learn to live with other children.
We've had this out over fifty times. We've all tried to explain it.
All? You mean you and your family. Your father who's so lazy he wouldn't lift a finger to help and your mother who uses Mandy as something to gush about and sentimentalise over like a, like a spinster with a lap dog.
And YOU are ashamed of Mandy... wanting to keep her out of sight. YOU ...
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The Mandy of the title truly is the star of the film, as almost all of the adults underplay their scenes with her to help her shine brighter.
When Mandy's parents find out she is deaf, they have differing ideas on what to do next. Mother, Christine, wants to send Mandy to a special school for deaf children so she can learn to read and write - and perhaps speak - and be as much like other children as possible. But her father, Harry, is somewhat ashamed of his daughter and would rather keep Mandy hidden away at his parents' house with only a governess to teach her the finger alphabet. After seeing how she reacts with other children, Christine realises that for Mandy's sake she must get her to the school, and leaves Harry. Watching Mandy's progress in the school provides some fascinating insight into ways of teaching and, contrary to Harry's thoughts, she does progress, with help from headmaster Searle. A second storyline is developed here as people increasingly believe that Christine is having an affair with Searle, when in fact they are both only interested in the good of the child.
A real "four tissue" movie, 10/10.
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