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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.

Director:

Nick Castle

Writer:

Nick Castle
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucy Deakins ... Milly
Jay Underwood ... Eric
Bonnie Bedelia ... Charlene
Fred Savage ... Louis
Colleen Dewhurst ... Mrs. Sherman
Fred Gwynne ... Uncle Hugo
Mindy Cohn ... Geneva
Janet MacLachlan ... Mrs. D'Gregario
Jennifer Michas Jennifer Michas ... Mona
Michelle Bardeaux ... Erin
Aura Pithart Aura Pithart ... Colette
Cameron Bancroft ... Joe (as Cam Bancroft)
Jason Priestley ... Gary (as Jason Priestly)
Chris Arnold Chris Arnold ... Sonny
Sean Kelso Sean Kelso ... Bad Boy
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chlopiec, który umial latac See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,177,431
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

After Milly discusses what she heard about Eric at dinner, she hums "The Twilight Zone" theme. Fred Savage, Coleen Dewhurst, and Louise Fletcher have each guest starred in an episode of the 1985-89 revival series The New Twilight Zone. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Uncle Hugo: Don't shake the floor, please.
[Hugo repeatedly drops a cork on the floor until it lands on its end]
Uncle Hugo: There you go. You see, you can't start on a bottle until the cork lands on its feet. It's very frustrating when it takes a long time. On the other hand, it's quite delightful when it happens on the first toss.
[offers the bottle to Milly]
Uncle Hugo: Care for a drink?
Milly: No, no thank you.
Uncle Hugo: Are you calling me a drunk?
Milly: No.
Uncle Hugo: Why not?
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Alternate Versions

The Disney Channel version of this film that aired in the late 1980's had been edited. Some scenes had been edited down or taken out, and the bad language had been dubbed. Also at the end of the program the star Jay Underwood gave a special message to young viewers telling them not to try anything they saw him perform in the film. He explained that they had special wires attached to him to make it look as though he could fly. See more »

Connections

Features The Last Starfighter (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Walkin' On Air
Written and Performed by Stephen Bishop
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Uplifting tale of friendship
22 May 2001 | by Thornfield2See all my reviews

There are few films the go beyond the realms of reality, yet hit so close to home. Such is the case with this film. I could immediately identify with Milly. She is a down to earth girl who was alone and wanted to believe in a boy who was as lonely (if not more) as she was. But little did she suspect that his story would be one that would go beyond all of her wildest dreams. This movie is very rare in today's movie market, a wholesome and innocent film that is a pleasure to watch again and again. One of the most beautiful scenes to me is when she reaches for a rare white rose with one pink petal and as she climbes the railing (the only thing gaurding her from a deep gorge) Eric immediatly grabs her arm, concerned for her safety. The love is really there in his eyes. Wonderful film that illustrates the forbidden lines between reality and the incredible.


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