Dr. Robert Richardson, a dedicated young general practitioner, seeks to establish himself in an isolated fishing village on Cape Breton Island off the Nova Scotia coast. The population is poor and the struggling physician generally gets paid for his efforts in barter. When he meets Belinda McDonald, a young deaf mute callously dismissed by family and neighbors as "the dummy," he alone senses her innate intelligence. He overcomes the initial skepticism of her flinty, gruff father and indifferently cold aunt, who operate a hardscrabble grist mill and farm, and devotes himself to teaching the young girl sign language and lip-reading. Hopes are even raised that she might even eventually qualify for a medical procedure that might improve her condition. Her optimism is crushed, however, when she raped by Locky McCormick, a brutish local fisherman. Traumatized, she is unable to communicate the outrage to her family, who are baffled and angry when they learn she is pregnant. The local gossips...
There was temptation in her helpless silence...and then torment
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Did You Know?
The second film to be nominated for all the top 6 Academy Awards (as of then) - Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress & Best Director. Other films to feature in this unique pantheon, in order, are/were: 01st, William Wyler
's Mrs. Miniver
(1942). 02nd, Johnny Belinda
(1948). 03rd, Billy Wilder
's Sunset Blvd.
(1950). 04th, Elia Kazan
's A Streetcar Named Desire
(1951). 05th, Fred Zinnemann
's From Here to Eternity
(1953). 06th, Mike Nichols
' Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
(1966). 07th, Arthur Penn
's Bonnie and Clyde
(1967). 08th, Stanley Kramer
's Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
(1967). 09th, Sidney Lumet
(1976). 10th, Hal Ashby
's Coming Home
(1978). 11th, Warren Beatty
(1981). Plus, David O. Russell
's duo, 12th, Silver Linings Playbook
(2012) 14th, American Hustle
(2013). See more
When Belinda fires one barrel of what looks like a 12 gauge, double-barreled, shotgun at Locky McCormick, there is no recoil of any kind, not even a slight twitch. That seems very unlikely given the size of the gun. See more
Dr. Robert Richardson
I have to get cash somewhere, and you and some of the others are the only ones who can afford it.
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Referenced in It's a Great Feeling
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played at the church after the wedding See more