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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Michas ...
Aura Pithart ...
Joe (as Cam Bancroft)
Gary (as Jason Priestly)
Chris Arnold ...
Sean Kelso ...


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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Release Date:

26 September 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chlopiec, który umial latac  »

Box Office


$7,177,431 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The band Thrice released a song based on the film, titled "A Song For Milly Michaelson" on their 2007 LP The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV The song is based on the character Milly from this film.. 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 »


Charlene: What happened to your face.
Milly: Someone threw a ball at me.
Charlene: Who threw a ball at you?
Milly: No-one threw a ball at me, it was an accident.
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Back of the Bus
Music by Bruce Broughton
Lyrics and vocals by Nick Castle
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Perfect warm-hearted family faire mixes down-to-Earth drama with flightful fantasy
27 May 2000 | by (Santa Monica, California) – See all my reviews

The Boy Who Could Fly is one of those rare family films that mixes just a touch of fantasy with a truly down-to-Earth dramatic story.

Following the death of Bedelia's husband, she moves her family into a new neighborhood next door to an autistic young man (Underwood). Deakins gains interest in Underwood's silent world of thought while attempting to keep things stable at home. Unusual things begin to happen around Underwood. While life seemingly falls apart for her family, Deakins and the audience are irresistably drawn into Underwood's world and we begin to question if his apparent dream to fly isn't more than just a fantasy. The acting in this film is superb, especially silent Underwood who conveys more thought and emotion with his eyes, face and body than the actors who speak. Bruce Broughton's melodious score is heartwarming and delivers full enchantment for the "flying?" scenes. (The main theme is so enchanting, the Walt Disney company has used it to open every film at their El Capitan theater in Hollywood, CA). This is a wonderful film for the entire family. Slight warning: for families that have recently lost a parent, it would be a good idea for the other parent to watch with the kiddies. And although they may find themselves dealing with the emotion of their trauma, they should feel much better when the film ends.

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