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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
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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Helena Bonham Carter drew on her own life experiences to play a handicapped character. Her own father was wheelchair-bound for years. See more »

Quotes

Jane: Money is a means to an end. Sex is that end.
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Nothing Else
Written by Darius Keeler, Roya Arab
Performed by Archive
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Funny, Intelligent & Very Well Done
8 September 2010 | by funky_cherry86See all my reviews

Kenneth Branagh is one of my favourite actors having seen some of his work in Dead Again & Mary Shelley's Frankenstein his performance was both clever and incredible. Helena Bonham Carter's portrayal of Jane a young woman dying from motor neurone disease was touching and heartfelt, you see the character go through the difficulty of the illness and sympathize with the situation.

When I saw this film I began to enjoy it after the first few minutes it was funny, heartbreaking and a little romantic. One of my favourite scenes was when Jane asked for help to lose her virginity, the expression on Richard's face was hilarious and yet stunned.

The Theory Of Flight is a charming story filled with enough comedy, drama and the right amount of romance to keep viewers entertained.


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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:

$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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