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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.

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Paul Greengrass

Writer:

Richard Hawkins

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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Envole-moi 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:

$71,999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Theatrical movie debut of Ray Stevenson (Gigolo). 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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Valse Op 69/1
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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Worth seeing for Bonham Carter's performance.
2 January 1999 | by helen-15See all my reviews

Although this movie has some weaknesses, it is worth seeing. I chose it because of the cast, and applaud Bonham Carter and Branagh for choosing roles different from those they have taken in the past. Both portray very troubled people, complete with warts, but make them likeable because of their humanity. The story is touching, but it is the performances that soar. Bonham Carter's "Jane" is a remarkable achievement, whose quest for romance opened my eyes to aspects of being disabled that I had not thought of before, but was interesting as well for other reasons. I felt the movie ended too abruptly, but better that than a drawn out emotionally manipulative ending (see "Stepmom.") The very real English setting added to my enjoyment - it was England in the 90's, both urban and rural, without being depressing.


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