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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

What made her different made her exceptional. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Du gehst nicht allein See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In a scene near the end of the film Temple holds the head of the first cow that's about to be slaughtered and reflects that it made her realize how precious life was and made her feel close to God. This scene was based on an event in her autobiography Thinking In Pictures which she describes as her first experience of intense religious feelings. See more »

Goofs

While Temple was watching a lion documentary, the lion sound effects that were heard when the lioness takes down a wildebeest didn't exist until the 1990's onward. 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 »

Connections

Featured in The Hour: Episode #7.84 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

From Here to Eternity
(1953)
Underscore composed by George Duning
Courtesy of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
Under License from Sony Pictures Music Group
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Fantastic movie with an inspiring story
11 February 2010 | by Bobby747See 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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