Molly (1999)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  July 1999 (Norway)
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A bachelor becomes the unwilling guardian of his autistic, intellectually disabled sister; then an experimental treatment works a dramatic change in her brain and his attitude.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Brookes
Mark Cottrell
Beverly Trehare
Dr. Simmons
Jennifer Thomas
Jon Pennell ...
Gary McKay
Julie McKay
Lauren Richter ...
Tanner Lee Prairie ...
Buck McKay - 8 Years Old (as Tanner Prairie)
Dr. Prentice


Molly McKay is a profoundly autistic twenty-something woman who has lived in an institution from a young age following her parents' death in a car accident. When the institution must close due to budget cuts, Molly is left in the charge of her neurotypical, older brother, Buck McKay, an advertising executive and perennial bachelor. Molly, who verbalizes very little and is obsessed with lining up her shoes in neat rows, throws Buck's life into a tailspin as she runs off her nurses and barges naked into a meeting at Buck's agency. When Buck consults Molly's (beautiful) neurologist, Susan Brookes, Dr. Brookes suggests an experimental surgery in which healthy brain cells are harvested from a donor and implanted into Molly's brain. While Buck initially balks at the suggestion, he finally consents to the surgery and Molly makes a miraculous "recovery" from her autism when she begins to speak fluidly and to interact with her brother, caretakers, and the world, in general. Buck begins taking ... Written by st_rgregory

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She was a child of 3, a woman of 28 and a miracle waiting to happen! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sex-related material and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

July 1999 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Rescue Me  »

Box Office


$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,683 (USA) (22 October 1999)


$15,593 (USA) (29 October 1999)

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1.85 : 1
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incredibly inspirational
23 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

"Molly" is a movie of epic inspiration. I was so amazed by the story it presented to the viewers. It not only has star power of Elisabeth Shue and Aaron Eckhart, but it also had a great supporting cast in Thomas Jane and Jill Hennessey.

One of the best things about "Molly" was the intelligent dialogue between everyone. This is a movie that delivers the message that it doesn't matter who the person is or what is wrong with them, they are still a human being and are deserving of respect and love.

I can relate with the title character and was glad to see that somebody made a film of this nature and succeeded in making the point in which it was trying to send viewers.

I was impressed with this flawless film from start to finish. Not only is "Molly" one of the most moving films I've seen but it will literally bring tears to viewers eyes because it is that special. I highly recommend this film. Viewers will not be disappointed by this film since it is that good.

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