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A dreamer who aspires to human flight is assigned public service after one of his attempts off a public building. This leads him to meeting a young woman, who is dying of motor neuron disease. The strong-willed woman admits her wish to be de-flowered before her death. The man, struggling to maintain his relationship with his girl friend, declines but offers to help pay for a gigolo to do the deed. The following events play off the inherent comedy and drama of the circumstances. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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$15,179, 27 December 1998, Limited Release

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$71,999, 31 January 1999
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The first unsolicited script to be greenlit by the BBC in 15 years. The BBC regularly receives in excess of 20,000 of these every year. See more »

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Jane: Our lives may be easier, but will never be as full. 1971 - 1997.
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References American Gigolo (1980) See more »

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Bright Side of the Road
Written & Performed by Van Morrison
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Worth watching
31 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

This film does a superb job of depicting the plight of an ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)sufferer. The subject is done with compassion as well as humor. Helena Bonham Carter is so convincing as a person with ALS that I found it hard to believe that she was only acting. Kenneth Branagh, a superb actor, lives up to expectations as the quirky artist who misbehaves and is forced to provide companionship to Helena's character as part of his "community service", an alternative to prison time. Watching the development of the relationship between these two is a treat from beginning to end. Tha fact that it is a fairy tale does not detract from the fabulous performances. One comes to care deeply for the two of them.


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