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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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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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A very special love. And a very special magic. But is it real magic or just an illusion? See more »

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26 September 1986 (USA)  »

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Chlopiec, który umial latac  »

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$7,177,431 (USA)
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Lucy Deakins (Milly) and Jay Underwood (Eric) would go on to star in John Hughes films. Deakins in The Great Outdoors (1988) and Underwood in Uncle Buck (1989). Both Hughes' films center around families and both Deakins and Underwood played the girlfriend/boyfriend of one of the teens in the families. 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

Bad Boy: So you thought you could make it around the block?
[Louis pulls out a water pistol]
Bad Boy: Oh, so now I'm supposed to be scared of a water pistol?
Louis Michaelson: There ain't no water in this gun.
Bad Boy: So what's in it?
Louis Michaelson: Piss!
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References St. Elmo's Fire (1985) See more »

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Back of the Bus
Music by Bruce Broughton
Lyrics and vocals by Nick Castle
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Flying Dangerously Close To The Ground
25 May 2004 | by (Denver, CO) – See all my reviews

A classic 80's film that nears cheesy pap but still avoids and retains heart through excellent pacing, dialog and acting. It might not hold up as well as when I first saw it because the family film concept had not yet been run into the ground yet for me.

Fred Savage does a good job in an interesting subplot that involves a bully and funerals for GI JOE soldiers. Fond memories of his confrontation with the neighborhood bullies still color my memory of this film.

A fun warm family fantasy that seems to be in short supply as of late due to it being nearly impossible to make something realistic because of the amount of film cliche in the modern world. Still, the film is very watchable and fun. 7/10


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