The Hammer

The Hammer



A young man struggles to overcome a physical handicap in this drama based on a true story. Matt Hamill (Theodore Conley) was born to a single mother (Susan Gibney), who was told her young son was bright, talented, and entirely deaf. Without a father to rely on, young Matt turns to his grandfather Stanley (Raymond J. Barry) as his male role model; Stanley encourages the boy not to allow his deafness to hold him back, and urges him to take up wrestling. Matt shows tremendous promise as a wrestler, but while the sport helps him build confidence and muscle, he isn't sure how to deal with others, particularly girls. After graduating from high school, Matt (now played by Russell Harvard) attends Purdue on a wrestling scholarship, but he's forced to leave school due to poor grades. However, he has an opportunity to redeem himself when his wrestling skills earn him an invite to the Rochester Institute of Technology, a school with a special program for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. For the first time, Matt has peers who are also deaf, and he befriends his roommate Jay (Michael Anthony Spady) and falls for pretty coed Kristi (Shoshannah Stern). But it's a challenge for the lifelong loner to open up to other people and admit his weaknesses, and he also has to learn a new way of communicating by using American Sign Language after spending his life as a lip-reader. The Hammer (aka Hamill) was based on the life of Matt Hamill, a three-time NCAA wrestling champion who has gone on to become a successful mixed-martial-arts competitor. Due to its subject matter and large hearing-impaired audience, the film was exhibited as Open Caption (with onscreen readable text) in theaters.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/31/2012
UPC: 0796019824446
Original Release: 2010
Rating: PG-13
Source: Arc Entertainment
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:49:00

Special Features

Deleted Scenes; Interview with Matt Hamill and A Look Behind The Scenes; Writer, Producer, Director Commentary; ; Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Russell Harvard Matt Hamill
Raymond J. Barry Stanley Leroy McCoy
Shoshannah Stern Kristi Jones
Michael Anthony Spady Jay Jakubowski
Courtney Halverson Michelle
Susan Gibney Janet Hamill
Joseph McKelheer Ron Gross
Eben Kostbar Coach Cantrell
Rich Franklin Coach Pruitt
Gavin Bellour Pat Hamill
Stephen Dodd Coach Rich
Theodore Conley Young Matt Hamill
Anthony Traina Nick
Lexi Marman Kelly
Cory Knauf Dale
Kara Luiz Vivian
Lauren Fox Dr. Hoffman
Bob Hiltermann Purdue Professor
Sara Fletcher Rachel the Interpreter
Gabe Stolt Jason Sloan
Rocky Abou-Sakher Mechanic Daniel
Matthew Dickens Mechanic Mikey
James Tristan Moore Angry Teen
Will Kurz Young Pat Hamill
Trevor Gross Martin
Lilly Hisenaj Special Needs Teacher
Avi Rothman Chad the R.A.
Craig Young Sloan's Coach
Bovenzi Jason Referee
Paul Burress Healdsburg Coach
Stan Main Announcer
Christopher Marvin Rezac
Cody Goodfried Derrick Logan
Andrew Grillo Eli
Scott J. Klein Harold Russell
Christine A. Klein Marge Russell
Timothy D. Klein Janitor
Jill Burress Featured Pretty Jogger
Brian Lantry Bully #1
Tyler Gross Bully #2

Technical Credits
Oren Kaplan Director,Executive Producer
Bob Bartosiewicz Executive Producer
Alexis Beck Costumes/Costume Designer
Josh Bissett Sound Mixer
London Brickley Makeup
Dan Caldwell Executive Producer
Jacquelyn Dean Editor
Geoff Green Sound/Sound Designer
iZler Score Composer
David Keinath Executive Producer
Scott J. Klein Associate Producer
Cory Knauf Associate Producer
Kip Konwiser Executive Producer
Eben Kostbar Producer,Screenwriter
Frederico Lapenda Executive Producer
Brian Lovely Art Director
Catherine MacKinnon Co-producer
Joseph McKelheer Producer,Screenwriter
K'Dee Miller Co-producer
Rutherford Peckenpaw Asst. Director,Production Designer
Nyke Prince Makeup
Wali Razaqi Executive Producer
David Rom Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hammer
1. Profoundly Deaf [8:12]
2. Wrestling Practice [10:05]
3. Believe in Yourself [8:49]
4. Prom [10:57]
5. R.I.T [7:42]
6. Rezac vs. Hamill [6:57]
7. Meeting Kristi [4:23]
8. Maybe, Maybe Not [4:17]
9. Saying Goodbye [7:11]
10. Campaigning [2:48]
11. National Championship [8:06]
12. End Credits [11:22]

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The Hammer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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excellent live and movie footage , ending credits of pictures also ! An excellent movie should be released many times over and movie that should be on cable too ! tell the story in excellent form of Matt Hamill ! inspirational story for all to see this is why I give it 5 to 10 stars ! ( deditv)