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The Boy Who Could Fly (1986)

An autistic boy who dreams of flying touches everyone he meets, including a new family who has moved in after their father dies.

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Charlene Michaelson, her two children - teen-aged Amelia 'Milly' Michaelson and precocious adolescent Louis Michaelson - and their dog Max move into a new house in a new neighborhood after the passing of Charlene's husband/the kids' father, Donald Michaelson. Beyond life without Donald, they are all nervous about starting a new life, which, for Charlene, means getting back into the workforce after thirteen years. Milly quickly settles into the neighborhood if only because she becomes fascinated with their next door neighbor, teen-aged Eric Gibb, who authorities believe is autistic. Orphaned Eric has never spoken a word, and without having been told about the incident, began to think he could fly at the exact moment his parents died in a plane crash. Many believe Eric's belief is because he felt he could thus save his parents. Eric's guardian is his dipsomaniac Uncle Hugo Gibb. Milly's high school teacher, Mrs. Carolyn Sherman, who used to be a special needs teacher, looks after Eric ... Written by Huggo

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Between a silent boy and a beautiful girl lies an amazing secret. See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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26 September 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chlopiec, który umial latac  »

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$7,177,431
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On the UK CBS/Fox videotape of the film. There was a warning just before the start of the film, which a voiceover was heard saying "The Boy Who Could Fly. The scenes that include flying in this film are performed by professional stunt artists observing special safety rules under strict supervision. Do not in any way attempt to imitate any of the stunts performed." See more »

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Cables holding Eric can visibly be seen as he and Millie are falling off the roof of the school before they crash into Millie's mom. See more »

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Milly: I found out about the boy next door. His name's Eric Gibb. They think he's autistic.
Louis Michaelson: He's got some marbles loose, or what?
Milly: Well, they don't exactly know, but he's never spoken a word in his life and he doesn't like being around people. There's some institute that wants to come and take him away, but Mrs. Sherman says he's better off with his uncle. He's in my class at school. Mrs. Sherman, she used to teach those kinds of kids. She thinks that maybe being around normal people will help him, or ...
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Walkin' On Air
Written and Performed by Stephen Bishop
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A touching story of how dreams can come true
12 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

I was a teenager when this film first came out and never got round to seeing it back then.

It was literally after reading a recommendation on an 80's website that i watched it this morning online and had to write a review.

This film had me captivated from the beginning titles, right the way through to the closing credits. You cannot help but become engrossed in this film due to the quality of the cast and the soundtrack.

I won't go into details about the plot of the film as other reviews have already covered that but all i will say is that i'm a 38 year old guy who doesn't lose control of his emotions often but i cried a hell of a lot at the final scene between the two lead characters.

If you haven't seen this gem of a movie then don't wait as long as i did to get round to seeing it. You will fall in love with it, i guarantee that.


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