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June 24, 1989

I have a "one word" complaint about Pam Lopez-Johnson's May 29 article, " 'See No Evil'? Deaf Actors Say They Do."

She wrote that the movie "See No Evil, Hear No Evil" "isn't drawing many laughs from members of the hearing-impaired community. They say the film just reinforces age-old stereotypes."

That's just not fair and it's just not accurate. If Ms. Lopez-Johnson had used the term " some members of the hearing-impaired community," that would have been fair and accurate.

I feel each of those quoted is entitled to his or her opinions . . . but the opinions are not at all representative of the hearing-impaired community.

Gene Wilder, as writer and actor, researched and worked very closely with the New York League for the Hard of Hearing and Karen Webb and others in terms of accuracy of presentation and feeling. They all saw, enjoyed and approved of the film. Indeed, the New York League for the Hard of Hearing asked for and had the film for a benefit premiere.

There were, by the way, two hearing-impaired actors playing non-hearing-impaired roles.

ARTHUR HILLER

Director

"See No Evil, Hear No Evil"

Los Angeles

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