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The Theory of Flight (1998)

Two miserable people find happiness together: a man dreaming of flying, and a woman dreaming of living.

Director:

Paul Greengrass

Writer:

Richard Hawkins
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helena Bonham Carter ... Jane Hatchard
Kenneth Branagh ... Richard
Gemma Jones ... Anne
Holly Aird ... Julie
Ray Stevenson ... Gigolo
Sue Jones-Davies Sue Jones-Davies ... Catharine (as Sue Jones Davies)
Gwenyth Petty Gwenyth Petty ... Magistrate
Robert Blythe Robert Blythe ... Farmer
Aneirin Hughes Aneirin Hughes ... Doctor
Natasha Williams Natasha Williams ... Care Worker
Sian Naiomi Sian Naiomi ... Volunteer
Ruth Jones ... Becky
Nia Roberts Nia Roberts ... Checkout Girl
Dilys Price Dilys Price ... Mrs. Williams
Jill James Jill James ... Mrs. Allen
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Storyline

A dreamer who aspires to human flight is assigned public service after one of his attempts off a public building. This leads him to meeting a young woman, who is dying of motor neuron disease. The strong-willed woman admits her wish to be de-flowered before her death. The man, struggling to maintain his relationship with his girlfriend, declines, but offers to help pay for a gigolo to do the deed. The following events play off the inherent comedy and drama of the circumstances. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Trivia

This was the final film that Gene Siskel reviewed on At the Movies (1986) before his death on February 20, 1999 at the age of 53. See more »

Quotes

Jane: Most people don't like to walk next to me.
Richard: Yeah, and why is that?
Jane: It implies friendship.
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You Can't Sit Down
Written by Dee Clark, Cornell Muldrow, Kal Mann and Phil Upchurch (uncredited)
Performed by Booker T. & the M.G.s
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Just watch this one, I'm saying nothing....
4 October 2004 | by keith_gSee all my reviews

Not wishing to give *anything* away here, I would just say this technically excellent, flawlessly acted and uplifting little flic will reward the viewer with an excellent hour and a half's entertainment: It will amuse, surprise, possibly embarrass occasionally and almost certainly tug at the heartstrings from time to time, as it approaches the inevitable, but not obvious, ending without becoming clichéd or predictable in any way. Most definitely recommended.

A previous User's Comment gives 8 out of 10 for the film and 10 out of 10 for both Branagh and Bonham-Carter's outstanding performances - I agree entirely....


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Theory of Flight See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,179, 27 December 1998

Gross USA:

$73,233

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$73,233
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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