The Theory of Flight (1998)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Hatchard
Sue Jones-Davies ...
Catharine (as Sue Jones Davies)
Gwenyth Petty ...
Robert Blythe ...
Aneirin Hughes ...
Natasha Williams ...
Care Worker
Sian Naiomi ...
Nia Roberts ...
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Mrs. Allen


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 <>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

24 September 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Envole-moi  »

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Opening Weekend:

$15,179 (USA) (25 December 1998)


$71,999 (USA) (29 January 1999)

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1.85 : 1
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Helena Bonham Carter drew on her own life experiences to play a handicapped character. Her own father was wheelchair-bound for years. See more »


Jane: Most people don't like to walk next to me.
Richard: Yeah, and why is that?
Jane: It implies friendship.
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Piano Music
Written & Performed by Alan Hawkshaw
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8 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Shamefully, before I saw this film, I was unfamiliar with Helena Bonham Carter.

I had to do some research, in order to assure myself she wasn't actually afflicted, as was her character, with (well?), what she was afflicted with. I was in absolute awe of this beautiful lady. She pulled it of flawlessly.

Who would have thought that sexually explicit circumstances involving the final wants, and needs, of a unique young lady, could be interpreted as tender, and romantic? Well, they can be, when the right performers present them in the proper manner, as they did in this wonderful movie. I forgot to mention how dynamically beautiful Miss Carter looked in this movie. I have often said she was the most beautiful creature to have ever graced the face of our earth, but she seemed to have out done herself in this particular movie.

I hope any of you who watch this movie enjoy it as much as I did. Thank you for letting me express my opinion.

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