Temple Grandin (2010)

TV Movie  |  TV-PG  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  6 February 2010 (USA)
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A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry.



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Biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who overcame the limitations imposed on her by her condition to become a Ph.D. and expert in the field of animal husbandry. She developed an interest in cattle early in life while spending time at her Aunt and Uncle's ranch. She did not speak until age four and had difficulty right through high school, mostly in dealing with people. Her mother was very supportive as were some of her teachers. She is noted for creating her 'hug box', widely recognized today as a way of relieving stress in autistic children, and her humane design for the treatment of cattle in processing plants, which have been the subject of several books and won an award from PETA. Today, she is a professor at Colorado State University and well-known speaker on autism and animal handling. Written by garykmcd

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Autism gave her a vision. She gave it a voice. See more »


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6 February 2010 (USA)  »

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The movie received its Emmy award on Temple Grandin's birthday. See more »


At the pediatrician's office when Temple is four, her mother claims to be a Harvard graduate. This scene would have taken place in 1952. Although some women attended classes at Harvard as Radcliffe students, they were not given degrees from Harvard until 1963. See more »


Temple Grandin: ...They'll be very calm. Nature is cruel but we don't have to be; we owe them some respect. I touched the first cow that was being stunned. In a few seconds it was going to be just another piece of beef, but in that moment it was still an individual. It was calm... and then it was gone. I became aware of how precious life was. I thought about death and I felt close to God. I don't want my thoughts to die with me. I want to have done something.
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There are photos of Temple Grandin (as a child, teenager and adult) shown beside the initial credits at the end. See more »


Silver Bells
Written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston
Performed by Gene Autry
Courtesy of Autry Qualified Interest Trust and The Autry Foundation
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Different and Great
7 February 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

If this were not a TV movie I would expect it to be listed as an Oscar nominee. The movie is captivating not only for the exceptional acting but providing us with a glimpse into the world of autism. Everything about this movie points to excellence: the writing, the direction, the cinematography and the acting of a superb cast featuring Claire Danes in what must be the role of a lifetime.

The movie is moving in its emotional impact without becoming maudlin. The pace of the movie is quick and takes us through a number of years in the fascinating life of Temple Grandin without losing us or boring us.

Temple Grandin describes herself in the movie as "different not less." I would describe the movie as "different and great."

The cast and the crew may well be in line for Emmys and Golden Globes. If so, let no one say it was because of sympathy for the subject matter. It deserves any awards it wins for the excellence of the production values.

This is TV at its best!

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