The Bumblebee Flies Anyway (1999)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  1 January 2000 (USA)
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An amnesiac youth tries to piece together his past, but what he discovers may jeopardize his future.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Janet Paparazzo ...
Eileen Snow
Barney Snow
Dr. Harriman / Handyman
Dr. Croft
Oni Faida Lampley ...
Nurse Bascam
Jeffrey Force ...
Allie Roon
Christopher Mark Petrizzo ...
Chris Ronson
Samuel Ronson (as Samuel Haft)
Willy / Orderly
Matthew Cavallary ...
Young Barney Snow
Richard Snow
Joan Levy ...
Woman in Suburbs


Barney Snow (Wood) wakes up in a hospital with no memories but his name & recurring images of a car crash. With little else to go on, he makes the place his temporary home and soon learns that all of the other residents in this youth clinic are dying from terminal illnesses - except him. When another patient, Mazzo (Perrino), asks Barney to play host for his visiting twin sister Cassie (Cook), the two strike up a fast friendship that blooms into romance and promises a fresh start for Barney. But as he gradually pieces together his fragmented memory, he begins to unravel the puzzle of his strange dreams and remember his old life. How will Barney react once he learns the truth about his own past, and what will he do when Mazzo surprises him with a difficult request for help? Written by Kay-22

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They Took His Past. She Gave Him His Future


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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements | See all certifications »




Release Date:

1 January 2000 (USA)  »

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In the novel upon which the movie was based, 'Janeane Garofolo''s character, "The Handyman", is in fact a man. See more »


Barney Snow: Even through the fog I was living in, the memories of you were most clear. Only you. Cassie, promise me that if a time ever comes that I don't remember any of this, tell me our story.
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Perhaps unrealistic, but a good show
28 July 2000 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

When I first came across this movie at the video store, I had previously heard nothing about it; however, the storyline interested me, and I was also familiar with both Elijah Wood and Rachael Leigh Cook.

As indicated in others' comments, the storyline depicts Barney Snow [Elijah Wood], a young man who is the only "non-terminal" patient in an experimental hospital for terminally-ill youngsters. He is initially advised by the doctor [Janeane Garofalo] to remain "detached" as he encounters the other patients. However, before long he develops friendships with several of them --- Allie, a young kid who stutters and has some sort of brain disease; Billy, a wisecracking but honest kid (he appears to me that he is in his teens) with a kidney disorder; and Alberto a.k.a "Mazzo", who appears to be around Barney's age, acts somewhat hostile and has bone cancer. Barney especially develops a close bond with Mazzo's fraternal twin sister Cassie [Rachael Leigh Cook], to whom he regularly reports Mazzo's condition as Mazzo won't see her when she visits.

The title comes from the notion that a bumblebee is able to fly even though scientifically its wings are too small, and this is the basis of the experiment being done on Barney.

Although I found the movie somewhat slow-moving, and the storyline sometimes unrealistic as he learns the truth of why he is there, I still enjoyed it. I like sensitive storylines, and even though I generally prefer they be a little less serious than what this was, this movie still ranks as one of my favorites. It was also the first time I had seen Elijah Wood in a role other than in a "cute little kiddie" or "teeny-bopper" movie, and I thought he did an excellent job. He and Rachael Leigh Cook seemed to work well together.

I wouldn't recommend this to everyone --- if you prefer something more upbeat, you probably would not like this movie. However, I would advise anyone who thinks this seems even remotely interesting to give it a chance.

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