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The Boy Who Could Fly -- Fred Savage (TV's "The Wonder Years") and Bonnie Bedelia ("Presumed Innocent," "Die Hard") star in a heartwarming story about the special friendship between two teenagers struggling to adjust to life after each suffers a great loss.


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15 August 1986 (USA) See more »
Between a silent boy and a beautiful girl lies an amazing secret. See more »
An autistic boy who dreams of flying touches everyone he meets, including a new family who has moved in after their father dies. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lucy Deakins ... Milly

Jay Underwood ... Eric

Bonnie Bedelia ... Charlene

Fred Savage ... Louis

Colleen Dewhurst ... Mrs. Sherman

Fred Gwynne ... Uncle Hugo

Mindy Cohn ... Geneva

Janet MacLachlan ... Mrs. D'Gregario
Jennifer Michas ... Mona

Michelle Bardeaux ... Erin
Aura Pithart ... Colette

Cameron Bancroft ... Joe (as Cam Bancroft)

Jason Priestley ... Gary (as Jason Priestly)
Chris Arnold ... Sonny
Sean Kelso ... Bad Boy
Meredith Bain Woodward ... Female Administrator (as Meredith B. Woodward)
Raimund Stamm ... Attendant #1
Dan Zale ... Attendant #2
Dwight Koss ... Dad

Jim McLarty ... Tour Guide (as James McLarty)
Betty Phillips ... Institute Receptionist
Terry David Mulligan ... Mr. Brandt (as Terry D. Mulligan)
Tannis Rae ... Ms. O'Neil
Tom Heaton ... Dr. Nelson
Angela Gann ... Mrs. Betuel
Scott Irvine ... Officer
Karen Siegel ... Dr. Karen Siegel

John Carpenter ... The Coupe de Villes
Nick Castle ... The Coupe de Villes
Tommy Lee Wallace ... The Coupe de Villes (as Tommy Wallace)

Warren Carr ... Guest Coupe
Jake ... 'Max' (as 'Jake')
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Louise Fletcher ... Dr. Granada. Psychiatrist

Directed by
Nick Castle 
Writing credits
Nick Castle (written by)

Produced by
Gary Adelson .... producer
Brian E. Frankish .... associate producer (as Brian Frankish)
Richard Vane .... co-producer
Original Music by
Bruce Broughton 
Cinematography by
Adam Holender (director of photography)
Steven Poster (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Patrick Kennedy 
Casting by
Barbara Miller 
Production Design by
James D. Bissell  (as Jim Bissell)
Art Direction by
Graeme Murray 
Set Decoration by
Kimberley Richardson 
Costume Design by
Trish Keating 
Makeup Department
Susan Boyd .... hair stylist
Maurice Parkhurst .... makeup artist
Production Management
Warren Carr .... unit production manager
Jim Shaw .... production supervisor: Skycam, carnival flying sequence
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James D. Bissell .... second unit director (as Jim Bissell)
Pat Ellingson .... third assistant director
Patrice Leung .... second assistant director
Matthew O'Connor .... first assistant director: second unit
Michael E. Steele .... first assistant director (as Michael Steele)
Art Department
Brent Boates .... production illustrator
Jeremy Borsos .... set dresser
Gary Brooks .... head greensman
Annmarie Corbett .... assistant set decorator (as Ann Marie Corbett)
Kenneth H. Hawryliw .... assistant property master (as Ken Hawryliw)
Gail Irvine .... property assistant
Barry Kootchin .... stand-by painter
Charles Leitrants .... construction foreman
Conrad Naegle .... prop maker (as Connie Naegle)
Peter Peach .... property assistant
Peter Prior .... lead hand
Grant Swain .... property master
William James Teegarden .... set designer (as Jim Teegarden)
Elmar Theissen .... head painter
David Willson .... construction coordinator
Bob Bottieri .... lead painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Fred J. Brown .... sound effects editor
B.J. Clayden .... boom operator
Carlos Delarios .... sound re-recording mixer (as Carlos De Larios)
Juno J. Ellis .... adr editor
Chris Glyn-Jones .... cable man (as Chris Glynn Jones)
Michael J. Kohut .... sound re-recording mixer
Margie O'Malley .... foley artist (as Margie Denecke)
Lauren Palmer .... adr editor (as Lauren J. Palmer)
Michelle Pleis .... assistant sound effects editor
Aaron Rochin .... sound re-recording mixer
Michele Sharp .... sound effects editor
Rob Young .... sound mixer
Teri E. Dorman .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Randy Cabral .... special effects technician
Robert Harman .... flying effects: supervisor (as Bob Harman)
Daniel Hutten .... special effects technician
Dean Lockwood .... best boy special effects
William H. Orr .... head special effects (as Bill Orr)
Reg Smith .... flying effects: rigger
Robert Spurlock .... head special effects technician
John Thomas .... special effects coordinator
Joe Viskocil .... special effects technician (as Joseph Viskocil)
Visual Effects by
Fredrick Albrecht .... grip (as Frederick Albrecht)
Susan Alpert .... production assistant (as Sue Alpert)
Mark Cane .... grip
Allen Cappuccilli .... production assistant
Nancy Cipes .... assistant: Ronald Moore
Charles Cowles .... optical camera operator
Margaret Craig-Chang .... animator
John Curtis .... model maker
Richard Edlund .... visual effects supervisor
Leslie Ekker .... model maker
Robert Eyslee .... gaffer
James M. Falkinburg .... production advisor: Boss Film Corporation (as James Nelson)
Paulette C. Fine .... production accountant (as Paulette Fine)
Bill Hansard .... special projection (as Bill Hansard Sr.)
Alan Harding .... optical camera operator
Rebecca Heskes .... technical animator (as Rebecca Petrulli-Heskes)
Leslie Hewitt .... assistant accountant (as Leslie Falkinburg)
Renee Holt .... animator
Jeff Howard .... animator
Jerry Jeffress .... electronics
George Jenson .... visual effects art director: Boss Film Corporation (as George Jensen)
Ed Jones .... optical line-up
Neil Krepela .... director of photography: Boss Film Corporation
Brad Kuehn .... optical line-up
Dan Kuhn .... lab technician (as Daniel Kuhn)
Robin Dean Leyden .... electronics (as Robin Leyden)
Mary Mason .... production coordinator
George E. Mather .... production supervisor: Boss Film Corporation
Don McLaren .... projectionist
Michael McMillen .... model maker
Virgil Mirano .... still photographer
Michele Moen .... matte artist (as Michelle Moen)
Ronald B. Moore .... visual effects editorial consultant: Boss Film Corporation (as Ronald Moore)
Thaine Morris .... special effects foreman: Boss Film Corporation
Catherine Noble .... model maker
Dan Owens .... production assistant
Eric Peterson .... first assistant cameraman
Samuel E. Recinos .... technical animator (as Samuel Recinos)
Chris Regan .... optical line-up
Pat Repola .... lab technician (as Patrick Repola)
Pete Romano .... visual effects camera operator (as Peter Romano)
Mindy Rothstein .... production administration
Tom Rudduck .... model maker
Richard Ruiz .... model maker
Angie Russell .... model shop purchasing agent (as Anjelica Casillas)
Dana Miller Schornstein .... assistant coordinator
Jon Schreiber .... production assistant
Nick Seldon .... model maker (as Nicholas Seldon)
Mark Stetson .... model shop supervisor: Boss Film Corporation
Annick Therrien .... technical animation supervisor
Lynda Thompson .... production consultant (as Lynda Lemon)
Patrick Van Auken .... grip
Paul Van Camp .... software programmer
Mark Vargo .... optical supervisor: Boss Film Corporation
Garry Waller .... special projects supervisor: Boss Film Corporation
Mary E. Walter .... optical line-up (as Mary Walter)
Mark West .... design engineer
Charles Whiteman .... chief engineer: Boss Film Corporation
Robert Wilcox .... electronics
Bess Wiley .... matte camera assistant
Claire Wilson .... assistant: Richard Edlund
Terry Windell .... animation supervisor: Boss Film Corporation
Matthew Yuricich .... chief matte artist: Boss Film Corporation
Maryjane Zelicskovics .... assistant accountant
Randy Algoe .... visual effects (uncredited)
Laura Buff .... visual effects consultant (uncredited)
Randall Rudd .... visual effects (uncredited)
James M. Halty .... stunt double: Eric (as Jim Halty)
Dusty Hyland .... stunt double
John Scott .... stunt coordinator
Betty Thomas Quee .... assistant stunt coordinator (as Betty Thomas)
Betty Thomas Quee .... stunt double: Milly (as Betty Thomas)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Adams .... generator operator
John S. Bartley .... gaffer: second unit (as John Bartley)
Carl Berg .... technician: Skycam, carnival flying sequence
John L. Brown .... dolly operator (as John Brown)
Rob Brown .... lighting technician
Richard Buckmaster .... generator operator (as Rick Buckmaster)
Richard Clark .... video engineer (as Dick Clark)
Art Collier .... rigging grip
David Crone .... Steadicam operator (as Dave Crone)
Harvey Fedor .... lighting technician
John H. Gilman .... video engineer (as John Gilman)
Chris Harris .... second assistant camera
Ken Hemphill .... grip
R.K. Hill .... second grip
Tim Hogan .... key grip
Gary Holt .... chief lighting technician
Stephen Jackson .... best boy
Joseph Lederer .... still photographer (as Joe Lederer)
Ned Lex .... rigger: Skycam, carnival flying sequence
Peter MacKay .... operator: Skycam, carnival flying sequence
Ron MacLeay .... grip (as R. MacLeay)
Dennis McBride .... lighting technician
John McCallum .... key focus (as Sandy McCallum)
Larry McConkey .... operator: Skycam, carnival flying sequence
Larry McConkey .... pilot: Skycam, carnival flying sequence
Klaus Melchior .... video playback (as Klaus Melchoir)
Rod Parkhurst .... camera operator
James Plannette .... chief lighting technician
Bernard Pornin .... grip
John Sanderson .... video playback
Gavin Wilding .... camera department trainee
Jerry Zawerucha .... lighting technician
Garrett Brown .... photographer: Skycam (uncredited)
John Earl Burnett .... first assistant camera: additional photography (uncredited)
Casting Department
Ken Carlson .... casting: Chicago
Lynne Carrow .... casting: Vancouver
Sid Kozak .... additional casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lyn Kelly .... costumer
Tish Monaghan .... costume supervisor
Jori Woodman .... costumer
Editorial Department
Bruce Giesbrecht .... assistant editor
Liz Randol .... assistant editor (as Liza Randol)
Michael Smith .... assistant editor
James Stanley .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Mark McKenzie .... orchestrations (as Mark C. McKenzie)
Patricia Peck .... music editor
Armin Steiner .... music scoring mixer
Laura Perlman .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Peter Borkent .... driver
Dave Bowe .... driver (as David Bowe)
R.D. 'Luther' Fairbairn .... driver
Mark Gould .... driver
Don Harris .... driver
Dennis Houser .... driver captain
Scott Irvine .... transportation coordinator
Ken Johnson .... driver (as Ken Johnson Sr.)
Ken C. Johnson .... driver (as Ken Johnson Jr.)
Bill McCurraugh .... driver co-captain (as Bill McCurrach)
Terry Newton .... driver
Thomas Scott Renyard .... driver (as Scott Renyard)
Norm Walke .... driver (as Norm Walk)
Other crew
Patti Allen .... production coordinator
Steve Berens .... trainer: "Jake", Ray Berwick
Jean Bereziuk .... script supervisor
Cindy Block .... stand-in
Janet Brown .... script supervisor: second unit
Myrna Cobb .... production office assistant
Dan Curry .... title design
Jacqueline Dallamore .... assistant to the production (as Jackie Johnson)
Ken Dudderar .... precision cinetechnician
Kevin George .... stand-in
Sherri Lee Guilbert .... stand-in
Dusty Hyland .... stand-in
Tracey Jeffrey .... production office assistant
Linda Kelly .... assistant production assistant
Jeanie Lamb .... assistant production coordinator
Nancy Leo .... secretary: Gary Adelson (as Nancy Jean Leo)
Jack Lyons .... unit publicist
James Marshall .... production assistant (as Jim Marshall)
Mark Matthews .... precision cinetechnician
Alvin Mears .... trainer: Doberman
Alice Miller .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Don Mink .... production accountant
Matthew O'Connor .... location manager
Joanne Ryan .... craft service
Joanne Ryan .... first aid
Jeff Schultz .... stand-in
Karen Siegel .... production associate
Louise Fletcher .... special thanks

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114 min | UK:107 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Director 'Nick Castle' played Michael Myers (The Shape) in John Carpenter's 1978 horror, _Halloween (1978_).See more »
Crew or equipment visible: 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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Features The Last Starfighter (1984)See more »
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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A warm and poignant tale., 16 May 2000
Author: gkearns ( from St. Louis, MO

In an atmosphere of fantasy, the movie explores several real human issues. The story centers on a mother (Bonnie Bedelia), her young teenage daughter (Lucy Deakins), and her pre-teen son (Fred Savage) as they struggle to cope after the beloved father's sudden passing. Their grief is intensified by the manner of his death and their almost immediately having to adjust to a new life, a new home, a new neighborhood, and for the kids, a new school and new friends. Into this mix enters Eric (Jay Underwood), the apparently autistic teenage boy next door, who is coping with demons of his own as a result of his parents' sudden death in an airplane crash. So grief is involved, and adjustment, and trying to fit in, and acceptance of human differences, and courage, and love - love within a family group and among people, as well as real boy/girl love. Writer-director Nick Castle deals with these issues with respectful sensitivity, as does the excellent ensemble cast of Lucy Deakins, Jay Underwood, Bonnie Bedelia, Fred Savage, Colleen Dewhurst, Fred Gwynne, and Mindy Cohn. That fantasy might be important to plot movement shouldn't be surprising, considering the movie's title. However, whether that fantasy is allegorical or real, or both, is in the eyes of the beholder. In any case, it's a warm and poignant tale, and it deserves a high place in the literature of motion pictures.

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