Johnny Belinda | 1982
In this remake of the 1948 Jane Wyman-Lew Ayres film (based on the 1940 Broadway play), Richard Thomas is a do-gooder in a poverty stricken rural area with VISTA where he encounters Rosanna Arquette, whom everybody believes to be retarded but he soon discovers to be deaf. A tentative romance blossoms between the two of them, but violence intervenes when she is raped by the local bully (Dennis Quaid). Except for the elimination of the climactic courtroom scene of the Wyman film, this version, directed by Anthony Page (whose list of TV credits otherwise have encompassed real-life figures or events, ranging from "Missiles of October" and "F.D.R. The Last Year" to "The Patricia Neal Story" and "Bill") is a faithful contemporization of the original. Three earlier TV productions of "Johnny Belinda" starred Eddie Albert and Katherine Bard (1955), Julie Harris and Christopher Plummer (1958), and Mia Farrow and Ian Bannen (1967).