34 user 12 critic

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.




Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Vice Versa (1988)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

During an argument, a divorced executive and his 11 year old son casually touch a magical Tibetan skull, releasing a mysterious power that transfers the father's mind to the body of the son and vice versa. Their problems have just begun.

Director: Brian Gilbert
Stars: Judge Reinhold, Fred Savage, Corinne Bohrer
Lucas (1986)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A socially inept fourteen year old experiences heartbreak for the first time when his two best friends -- Cappie, an older-brother figure, and Maggie, the new girl with whom he is in love -- fall for each other.

Director: David Seltzer
Stars: Corey Haim, Kerri Green, Charlie Sheen
Uncle Buck (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Bachelor and all round slob, Buck, babysits his brother's rebellious teenage daughter and her cute younger brother and sister.

Director: John Hughes
Stars: John Candy, Macaulay Culkin, Jean Louisa Kelly
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A nerd gets himself in hot water with the new bully, a quiet bad boy who challenges him to fight on the grounds of their high school after the day's end.

Director: Phil Joanou
Stars: Casey Siemaszko, Annie Ryan, Richard Tyson
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Three brothers, a sergeant, a troublemaker and a dreamer meet for the first time in five years. They have met to drive home a car their father bought for their mother's 50th birthday. ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Roth
Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Arye Gross, Daniel Stern
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

College assassination game turns deadly as someone starts playing for real.

Director: Nick Castle
Stars: Robert Carradine, Linda Hamilton, Kristine DeBell
Paradise (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson (at the time married to each other) play Lily and Ben Reed, a young couple torn apart by a family tragedy. It would take a miracle to rekindle their love ... See full summary »

Director: Mary Agnes Donoghue
Stars: Melanie Griffith, Don Johnson, Elijah Wood
Loverboy (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

College sophomore Randy Bodek is unfocused. The only thing he knows is that he loves his roommate, Jenny Gordon, who feels unappreciated as other things in his life seem to take precedence ... See full summary »

Director: Joan Micklin Silver
Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Kate Jackson, Robert Ginty
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A Texas teenager cuts her hair short and becomes an outlaw martyr with her brother and friends.

Director: Matthew Robbins
Stars: Helen Slater, Christian Slater, Keith Gordon
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Romance and drama occur after a pop superstar falls for an audience member -- a seat filler posing as an attorney -- at a music awards show.

Director: Nick Castle
Stars: Duane Martin, Kelly Rowland, DeRay Davis
Tap (1989)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Just released from prison, Max Washington must decide which of his previous professions to return to burglar or tap dancer.

Director: Nick Castle
Stars: Gregory Hines, Suzzanne Douglas, Sammy Davis Jr.
Gung Ho (1986)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When a Japanese car company buys an American plant, the American liaison must mediate the clash of work attitudes between the foreign management and native labor.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Michael Keaton, Gedde Watanabe, George Wendt


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Drama | Fantasy | Romance


PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

26 September 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chlopiec, który umial latac  »

Box Office


$7,177,431 (USA)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

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 »


Uncle Hugo: Don't shake the floor, please.
[Hugo repeatedly drops a cork on the floor until it lands on its end]
Uncle Hugo: There you go. You see, you can't start on a bottle until the cork lands on its feet. It's very frustrating when it takes a long time. On the other hand, it's quite delightful when it happens on the first toss.
[offers the bottle to Milly]
Uncle Hugo: Care for a drink?
Milly: No, no thank you.
Uncle Hugo: Are you calling me a drunk?
Milly: No.
Uncle Hugo: Why not?
See more »


References Dumbo (1941) See more »


Back of the Bus
Music by Bruce Broughton
Lyrics and vocals by Nick Castle
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Uplifting tale of friendship
22 May 2001 | by (WestValley) – See all my reviews

There are few films the go beyond the realms of reality, yet hit so close to home. Such is the case with this film. I could immediately identify with Milly. She is a down to earth girl who was alone and wanted to believe in a boy who was as lonely (if not more) as she was. But little did she suspect that his story would be one that would go beyond all of her wildest dreams. This movie is very rare in today's movie market, a wholesome and innocent film that is a pleasure to watch again and again. One of the most beautiful scenes to me is when she reaches for a rare white rose with one pink petal and as she climbes the railing (the only thing gaurding her from a deep gorge) Eric immediatly grabs her arm, concerned for her safety. The love is really there in his eyes. Wonderful film that illustrates the forbidden lines between reality and the incredible.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
any other movies like this that anyone could recommend sendtomick
Why the warning at the beginning of the movie? bAzTNM
New Thrice Song Reference davatel2
Where Can I Buy This Movie in toronto? pepper_freckle
Movies like these... weird_sal
Fred Savage misson BobbyBlack
Discuss The Boy Who Could Fly (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page