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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.

Director:

Mick Jackson

Writers:

Temple Grandin (based on the book: "Emergence"), Margaret Scariano (based on the book: "Emergence") | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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 Richard Dillard ... Don Micheals
Jenna Elizabeth Hughes Jenna Elizabeth Hughes ... Four-Year-Old Temple (as Jenna Hughes)
Michael Crabtree Michael Crabtree ... Uncle Mike
Charles Baker ... Billy
David Born ... Shanklin
Rutherford Cravens ... Feedlot Guard
Matthew Posey ... Ted Gilbert
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Storyline

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 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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What made her different made her exceptional. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Texas, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In between the scene where Temple sees Chestnut for the first time and the eels ate scene there is a black and white photograph of Temple on horseback with Claire Danes' face. The original photograph was of Grandin herself and is seen in the closing credits. See more »

Goofs

When Temple can't figure out how to do the Ames room illusion Carlock tells her to think of every aspect of the room. In reality he let her look at a picture in a book for 15 seconds and then she figured it out. See more »

Quotes

[Temple tries to leave the funeral]
Eustacia: Temple, are you alright?
Temple Grandin: I'm leaving now.
Eustacia: It isn't over yet.
Temple Grandin: I said goodbye when I saw him, he isn't there. I've got him in my mind.
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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 »


Soundtracks

Silver Bells
(1950)
Written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston
Performed by Gene Autry
Courtesy of Autry Qualified Interest Trust and The Autry Foundation
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Fantastic!
7 February 2010 | by tbdwittynameSee all my reviews

I saw a documentary on Temple Grandin that I found very inspirational. I had hoped that this film would bring about the same feelings and, thankfully, it did not disappoint. Claire Danes hit a home run with this one; I was really impressed with her portrayal. She went smoothly through the extremes of emotion that Temple felt: terror to delight, anger to pride. The sometimes halting, awkward way that Temple speaks combined with the often too-loud volume must have been difficult for her to mimic. But Danes managed to do it very convincingly. The director, Mick Jackson, should also be proud of what he's accomplished. The addition of the moving cattle diagrams and the distorted sounds really gave the viewer an idea of how Temple's mind works. This is my favorite HBO film since "Something the Lord Made" and I hope it gets the recognition it well deserves.


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