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Molly (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | July 1999 (Norway)
A bachelor becomes the unwilling guardian of his autistic, intellectually disabled sister; then an experimental treatment works a dramatic change in her brain and his attitude.

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John Duigan

Writer:

Richard Christie (as Dick Christie)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elisabeth Shue ... Molly McKay / Sister
Aaron Eckhart ... Buck McKay / Brother
Jill Hennessy ... Susan / Neurologist
Thomas Jane ... Sam / Patient at nursing home
D.W. Moffett ... Mark Cottrell / Buck's friend
Elizabeth Mitchell ... Beverly Trehare / Buck's friend
Robert Harper ... Dr. Simmons
Elaine Hendrix ... Jennifer / Buck's ex-girlfriend
Michael Paul Chan ... Domingo / Patient at nursing home
Lucy Liu ... Brenda / Buck's workmate
Jon Pennell Jon Pennell ... Gary McKay
Sarah Wynter ... Julie McKay
Lauren Richter Lauren Richter ... Molly McKay / 7 Years Old
Tanner Lee Prairie Tanner Lee Prairie ... Buck McKay / 8 Years Old (as Tanner Prairie)
Nicholas Pryor ... Dr. Prentice
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A bachelor becomes the unwilling guardian of his autistic, intellectually disabled sister; then an experimental treatment works a dramatic change in her brain and his attitude.

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Innocence is bliss. See the world through her. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sex-related material and nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1999 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Rescue Me See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,683, 22 October 1999

Gross USA:

$15,593, 31 October 1999
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Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film premiered on major airline flights before being shown in cinemas. See more »

Alternate Versions

When the theatrical release was delayed, the airline version release date was left unchanged, so the movie actually premiered in the USA as an in-flight movie for the USWest airline several months before hitting theaters. Moreover, the airline version was 109 minutes long. The movie was subsequently cut to 89 minutes before the theatrical release, so the airline version includes footage not seen elsewhere. See more »

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Features The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Yes, it HAS been done before.
4 January 2003 | by Starcat ZeppoSee all my reviews

There are few great ideas in the world, so to claim that everything is a repeat of something else isn't too far off. Still, this movie takes the idea "Let's make a heartwarming story of a handicapped woman" and mushes it into crap. There are a lot of "Awakenings" factors in this movie, but the difference is Awakenings was worth watching. Awakenings was loosly based on fact. Molly seems to be a cheap rip off of all the better movies meant to make us better understand those around us who don't seem "normal". I find movies like this one, "The Other Sister", "I Am Sam", for more examples, to be an insult to mentally handicaped people. Take a big name star and watch them try to act less than normal. Bobby D and Dustin Hoffman are the only ones who have pulled it off for the newer generation. Everyone else is trying to play catch-up. Shue's performance is lame, weak, and a joke. While this movie does nothing more than try to manipulate the human emotions, magnify the human condition, it doesn't succeed on either front.


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