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
What made her different made her exceptional.
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Did You Know?
Grandin originally thought that Sigourney Weaver would be playing her; perhaps not surprising given that she played an autistic woman in Snow Cake and is a brunette like Grandin rather than blonde Claire Danes. She is also of a similar height to Grandin. See more
At Temple's boarding school we see Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs on campus. This breed was not brought to the United States until the mid-1980's. See more
How'd you get on with old Don Michaels over at Scottsdale?
I told him I've eaten bull testicles, sir.
There are photos of Temple Grandin (as a child, teenager and adult) shown beside the initial credits at the end. See more
If I Had a Hammer
Written by Lee Hays
(as Lee Hayes) and Pete Seeger
Performed by Peter Paul & Mary
(as Peter, Paul & Mary)
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