The Boy Who Could Fly (1986)

PG  |   |  Drama, Fantasy  |  15 August 1986 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Sherman
Mrs. D'Gregario
Jennifer Michas ...
Aura Pithart ...
Joe (as Cam Bancroft)
Gary (as Jason Priestly)
Chris Arnold ...
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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Between a silent boy and a beautiful girl lies an amazing secret. See more »


Drama | Fantasy


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Release Date:

15 August 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chlopiec który umial latac  »

Box Office


$7,177,431 (USA)

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Did You Know?


In one scene Fred Savage plays the "Last Starfighter" video game from the 1984 film, also directed by director Nick Castle. See more »


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 »


[after Eric and Milly flew in front of the entire town, Eric flies away, never to be seen again]
Milly: [narrating] That night, I found out why Eric flew away. Our house was crawling with people who wanted to see Eric Gibb, the boy who could fly. There were scientists and doctors and TV reporters. When they couldn't find Eric, they did tests on me, because I flew with him. They did tests on Uncle Hugo, too, because he was a relative and had the same genes. Then they took everything out of his room and ...
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Written and Performed by Stephen Bishop
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this was the best movie i have ever seen in my life
10 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is great. It takes you back when wishes and faith brought people a long way. There is no getting around it if you have never seen this movie you need to. This is a great movie for kids to watch compared to the movie choices that they have today, but yet is great movie for adults. This movie is an older movie but yet is the only movie that I can honestly say was great. no complaint or suggestions just great. Well written and directed the actors and actress's where great. This movie is one that should never be forgotten and I would love to see anther movie made that is like this. This movie should never leave your library of movies and if you do not own it you should there is no getting over it it was the best movie of my time and that is not very long but it always will be the best.

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