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The Theory of Flight (1998)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jane Hatchard
... Richard
... Anne
... Julie
... Gigolo
Sue Jones-Davies ... Catharine (as Sue Jones Davies)
Gwenyth Petty ... Magistrate
Robert Blythe ... Farmer
Aneirin Hughes ... Doctor
Natasha Williams ... Care Worker
Sian Naiomi ... Volunteer
... Becky
Nia Roberts ... Checkout Girl
Dilys Price ... Mrs. Williams
Jill James ... Mrs. Allen
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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 girl friend, 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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24 September 1999 (UK)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$15,179, 27 December 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$71,999, 31 January 1999
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Helena Bonham Carter drew on her own life experiences to play a handicapped character. Her own father was wheelchair-bound for years. See more »

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Jane: Our lives may be easier, but will never be as full. 1971 - 1997.
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References Pretty Woman (1990) See more »

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Have a Little Faith in Me
Written & Performed by John Hiatt
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Intelligent melodrama
21 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

At the start, this one is from England, so, of course, I had 98 % chances that it will be intelligent and very good cinema. I never heard of this film before. From the minute I saw Helena Bonham-Carter, I said to myself : Oh! Here's comes the feminine version of My Left Foot. I was right, but I was also wrong. Wrong because the two movies are very differents. My Left Foot was a John Ford alike movie and this one is a Chaplin alike movie (not because this is funny, but Chaplin at that great sense of melodrama that brings tears to your eyes.) I was right because in 1990 handsome Daniel Day-Lewis turn a little bit ugly by playing an crippled person and he did it with a great sense of reality. Here, very beautiful Bonham-Carter did exactly the same thing, but with very feminine emotions. The story is well written and it's very intelligent. For me, miss Bonham-Carter gives one of the greatest woman's part of the 1990's, with Emily Lloyd in Breaking The Waves. Gee! And look at her eyes! She had the most beautiful eyes of cinema since Jobyna Ralston, Louise Brooks, Michele Morgan and Ava Gardner! She's also a true talent, as seen on many other movies. See this one, you won't regret it! And a very fine job by Branagh too!


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