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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

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

Gross USA:

$73,233

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$73,233
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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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An interesting look inside disabilities.
18 September 1999 | by devermanSee all my reviews

I had my doubts about another love story wherein disabled individuals find meaning and redemption through honest communication. And it's still not at the top of my list. But the performances from Helena Bonham Carter and Kenneth Branagh and exemplary, almost stunning, and rescue this from being just another tear-jerker. Carter's depiction of an ALS victim is strong, perhaps even overdone at times (sometimes her dialog dissolves into undistinguishable mutterings). But the overall effect is commendable and rewarding. Branagh may be the perfect compliment to her performance.


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