It was neat to see Sondra Locke in this role. She never got a role this good again. She ended up in movies co-starring Clint Eastwood and his pet orangutan.
Alan Arkin plays the deaf guy brilliantly. Stacy Keach plays a down-and-out war veteran who lives for drinking beer. Percy Rodrigues is great as the black doctor who eventually comes to trust Arkin's character despite his being white. Cicely Tyson works well as a black power firebrand. Quite a touching story. The final scene is shot in Atlanta's Oakland Cemetery, a place I once knew well.