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The Boy Who Could Fly (1986)

An autistic boy who dreams of flying touches everyone he meets, including a new family who has moved in after their father dies.

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Milly
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Eric
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Louis
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Mrs. Sherman
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Geneva
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Mrs. D'Gregario
Jennifer Michas ...
Mona
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Erin
Aura Pithart ...
Colette
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Joe (as Cam Bancroft)
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Gary (as Jason Priestly)
Chris Arnold ...
Sonny
Sean Kelso ...
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Charlene Michaelson, her two children - teen-aged Amelia 'Milly' Michaelson and precocious adolescent Louis Michaelson - and their dog Max move into a new house in a new neighborhood after the passing of Charlene's husband/the kids' father, Donald Michaelson. Beyond life without Donald, they are all nervous about starting a new life, which, for Charlene, means getting back into the workforce after thirteen years. Milly quickly settles into the neighborhood if only because she becomes fascinated with their next door neighbor, teen-aged Eric Gibb, who authorities believe is autistic. Orphaned Eric has never spoken a word, and without having been told about the incident, began to think he could fly at the exact moment his parents died in a plane crash. Many believe Eric's belief is because he felt he could thus save his parents. Eric's guardian is his dipsomaniac Uncle Hugo Gibb. Milly's high school teacher, Mrs. Carolyn Sherman, who used to be a special needs teacher, looks after Eric ... Written by Huggo

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Wish hard enough... love long enough... and anything's possible. See more »

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Drama | Fantasy

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26 September 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chlopiec, który umial latac  »

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$7,177,431 (USA)
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Nick Castle has cited the film 'Dumbo (1941)' as his primary inspiration for this film. See more »

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Cables holding Eric can visibly be seen as he and Millie are falling off the roof of the school before they crash into Millie's mom. See more »

Quotes

Psychiatrist: Tell me about your accident.
Milly: I was on a bridge, reaching for a flower and I fell over the railing.
Psychiatrist: You told your mother something about a boy who rescued you.
Milly: What are you, a shrink?
Psychiatrist: Yes.
Milly: Great, now I'm wacko.
Psychiatrist: It's important that you tell me everything you remember about this. Let me be the judge of whether you're wacko or not, okay?
Milly: Yeah, okay. I fell fifty feet without a mark on me, except for this.
[points to the small bandage on her forehead]
Milly: And I got this when I hit the railing. I didn't ...
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Connections

References G.I. Joe (1985) See more »

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WALKIN' ON AIR
Written and Performed by Stephen Bishop
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They don't make 'em like this anymore.
11 May 2004 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

I'm so tired of modern family movies full of fart jokes or movies where teenagers make love to pastries and it's supposed to be funny and then they staple on some superficial message at the end in an attempt to be poignant and balance out all the trash that came before. Every other week we are tortured with some nonsense of this calibre and whenever I wish for a movie that stands out from the crowd I have to go back in time and consider some overlooked gem. The Boy Who Could Fly is exactly that.

The characters seem so real and their emotions genuine, it builds at a slow pace but it never gets boring and story development is consistent. This is not a ferociously loud summer crowd-pleaser or something bloated with pointless SFX. Very few movies have the power to make a whole story out of characters and situation alone without feeling the need for some ridiculous set piece or blaring thrash metal guitars.

In fact Bruce Broughton's score is the wonderful opposite of that. The performances, especially the two leads, are flawless and the direction is far more refined than the typical. Everything in this movie comes together perfectly to make a film so unique and charming. If you have lost your faith in the current dreck that graces our screens and if you want a family movie with some meaning and subtext then check this out. And keep an eye out for director John Carpenter as on of the Coupe De Villes.

The DVD is in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and in Dolby 2.0. It has an introduction by Jay Underwood and director Nick (Michael Myers) Castle, they also feature in a commentary with Lucy Deakins and Fred Savage.


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