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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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$71,999, 31 January 1999
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Runtime:

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: Money is a means to an end. Sex is that end.
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Mi rival
Written by Maria Lara
Performed by Antonio Machín (as Antonio Machin)
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31 August 2005 | by arthurj2See all my reviews

This film does a superb job of depicting the plight of an ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)sufferer. The subject is done with compassion as well as humor. Helena Bonham Carter is so convincing as a person with ALS that I found it hard to believe that she was only acting. Kenneth Branagh, a superb actor, lives up to expectations as the quirky artist who misbehaves and is forced to provide companionship to Helena's character as part of his "community service", an alternative to prison time. Watching the development of the relationship between these two is a treat from beginning to end. Tha fact that it is a fairy tale does not detract from the fabulous performances. One comes to care deeply for the two of them.


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