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Temple Grandin (2010)

Temple Grandin is a TV movie starring Claire Danes, Julia Ormond, and David Strathairn. 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Temple Grandin
... Eustacia
... Dr. Carlock
... Aunt Ann
... Betty Goscowitz
... Randy
... Alice
... Jeff Brown
Richard Dillard ... Don Micheals
Jenna Elizabeth Hughes ... Four-Year-Old Temple (as Jenna Hughes)
Michael Crabtree ... Uncle Mike
... Billy
... Shanklin
Rutherford Cravens ... Feedlot Guard
... 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 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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6 February 2010 (USA)  »

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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 »

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It is stated that Temple didn't speak till she was 4. In reality, she didn't speak till she was 3 ½ years old. See more »

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Temple Grandin: I've eaten bulls' testicles! Ate them in my aunt's ranch. Regularly! This is a waste!
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There are photos of Temple Grandin (as a child, teenager and adult) shown beside the initial credits at the end. See more »

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Features From Here to Eternity (1953) See more »

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You'll Never Walk Alone
(1945)
Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Claire Danes
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Fantastic movie with an inspiring story
11 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

This was a great biopic. The lovely and multi-talented Claire Danes did fantastic work playing an autistic person. I have not seen or met Dr. Temple Grandin in real life, though I have known autistic people in my life and there was never a moment in "Temple Grandin," that wasn't believable.

Addressing the whole "reinforcing the stereotype," situation that constantly come about after films like, "Rain Man," I do not believe the films reinforce stereotypes. It is the mistake of the viewer to make general assumptions based on a single incident.

Temple Grandin shows more about someone with a psychological condition than just having the ability to persistently have a big heart as in "Radio," or "I Am Sam," (important to say that those characters were not autistic)even though they served their own purposes.

Autism is a different way of experiencing the world, but the individuals who are autistic are individuals as any one else. It would be ignorant to say that they are all savants or have special abilities, but if they are immersed in an environment that suits an autistic person's needs and way of thinking, then they can grow, thrive or fail as any other individual in society. As far as the movie illustrates to us, in Temple Grandin's life, she needed to be taught self-reliance, self-awareness, and have her potential recognized and cultivated as well as patient, loving, and understanding emotional support.

Temple Grandin's story explains this all quite well I think. Of course there is an entire spectrum of intelligence levels among autistic people, as there is with people without predisposed psychological conditions, it would be ignorant and cynical to assume otherwise. Temple Grandin is a genius, who happens to be autistic. Fantastic movie.


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