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Temple Grandin (2010)

A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry.

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Mick Jackson

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Temple Grandin (based on the book: "Emergence"), Margaret Scariano (based on the book: "Emergence") | 3 more credits »
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 33 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Danes ... Temple Grandin
Julia Ormond ... Eustacia
David Strathairn ... Dr. Carlock
Catherine O'Hara ... Aunt Ann
Stephanie Faracy ... Betty Goscowitz
Barry Tubb ... Randy
Melissa Farman ... Alice
Steve Shearer ... Jeff Brown
Richard Dillard ... Don Micheals
Jenna Elizabeth Hughes Jenna Elizabeth Hughes ... Four-Year-Old Temple (as Jenna Hughes)
Michael Crabtree ... Uncle Mike
Charles Baker ... Billy
David Born ... Shanklin
Rutherford Cravens ... Feedlot Guard
Matthew Posey ... Ted Gilbert
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Biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who overcame the limitations imposed on her by her condition to become a Ph.D. and expert in the field of animal husbandry. She loves animals! She developed an interest in cattle early in life while spending time at her Aunt and Uncle's ranch. She did not speak until age four and had difficulty right through high school, mostly in dealing with people. Her mother was very supportive as were some of her teachers. She is noted for creating her "hug box", widely recognized today as a way of relieving stress in autistic children, and her humane design for the treatment of cattle in processing plants, which have been the subject of several books and won an award from PETA. Today, she is a professor at Colorado State University and well-known speaker on autism and animal handling. Written by garykmcd

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Autism gave her a vision. She gave it a voice. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Julia Ormond's Emmy for this film is on permanent display at the Center for Autism and The Developing Brain in New York. She had given it to Eustacia Cutler whom she plays in the film on the 19th November 2010 and then they both presented it to the Center on the 8th of May 2016 to honour all mothers who raise children on the autism spectrum. See more »

Goofs

When Temple's aunt and mother are talking on the phone, in 1966, the hand sets have a RJ11 connector. These type of connectors did not come about until the mid 1970s, and didn't get wider use until the 1980s. See more »

Quotes

Temple Grandin: Sir, Scottsdale Feedlot signed off on my cattle agitation study.
Professor Shanklin: Smells like half the herd signed it first
Temple Grandin: No, sir. Cattle can't do that.
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Crazy Credits

There are photos of Temple Grandin (as a child, teenager and adult) shown beside the initial credits at the end. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in 30 Rock: Hogcock!/Last Lunch (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Man from U.N.C.L.E.
(1964)
Theme and Cues Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.
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Claire Danes better get a freakin' Emmy for this
20 February 2010 | by rushingj@swbell.netSee all my reviews

I'm a parent of a child with high-functioning autism, and while my child's condition isn't nearly as severe as Ms. Grandin's, I was touched and awed by the portrayal in the film on a deeply personal level and as a fan of film.

Not once during the entire film was I able to sit back and say, unequivocally, that's Claire Danes on the screen. Not once, because that was not Claire Danes - it was Temple Grandin, or at the very least what we saw on the screen was %99.999 the character brought to life with an unbelievably immersive portrayal of Ms. Grandin by Ms. Danes.

I've seen those looks, those pensive stares filled with wonder and awe and fear but on a level so completely foreign to those of us who do not have autism. There were moments in this film I was looking right into my child's eyes through that screen.

Ms. Danes is an extraordinary talent, and while I've watched many of her films with interest, I will make it a point to see those I have not yet seen, and will watch with renewed interest and intensity those I have already seen.

Wow...seriously, that's about all I can say about her performance - Wow.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 2010 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Texas, USA See more »

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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