If You Could See What I Hear

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If You Could See What I Hear
If You Could See What I Hear.jpg
Directed by Eric Till
Produced by Eric Till
Gene Corman (executive producer)
Written by Derek Gill
Stuart Gillard
Music by Michael Lloyd
Helen Reddy
Eric N. Robertson
Tom Sullivan
Cinematography Harry Makin
Edited by Eric Wrate
Distributed by Ciné 360 Inc.
Jensen Farley Pictures
Release dates
January 7, 1982 (1982-01-07)[1]
April 23, 1982 (1982-04-23)
(United States)
Running time
103 minutes
Country Canada
Language English
Budget CAD $5,600,000 (estimated)

If You Could See What I Hear is a 1982 biography/drama movie about blind musician Tom Sullivan, starring Marc Singer and Shari Belafonte, directed by Eric Till.

Tagline: The true story of a born winner!

Plot summary[edit]

Tom Sullivan is a blind college student who wants to be normal. When not in class, Tom hangs out with his friend, Sly, who does not treat him like a blind person. In fact, he goes out of his way to challenge Tom. Tom likes to go jogging while Sly leads him on his bicycle. Sly leads him past obstacles such as park benches, shouting out "Bench!" at the last moment so Tom has to jump over it.

On campus, Tom meets a black woman named Heather with whom he falls in love, but she breaks off the relationship because "the black and white thing" coupled with Tom's blindness is too complicated for her. Crushed by Heather's abandonment and experiencing loneliness, Tom continues to struggle with himself, still denying that his blindness affects his "normalcy". Then he meets his future wife, Patti, and his life changes forever.



The film was critically panned. Roger Ebert pointed out that the film was intended to be "inspirational and uplifting" and stated that Sullivan "comes across in this movie like a refugee from Animal House. His idea of overcoming his handicap is to party all night." He and Gene Siskel selected the film as one of the worst of the year in a 1982 episode of Sneak Previews.[2]


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