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.
Autism gave her a vision. She gave it a voice.
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Did You Know?
Grandin originally thought that Sigourney Weaver would be playing her; perhaps not surprising given that she played an autistic woman in Snow Cake and is a brunette like Grandin rather than blonde Claire Danes. She is also of a similar height to Grandin. See more
The small rocket that Professor Carlock, the science teacher, launches to celebrate Temple Grandin's success with the "perspective" room is a model of the "Little Joe II" which in 1962 was in the fabrication stage. The details needed would not have been available for modeling. The little Joe II's first test flight wasn't for another year still. Also, the size and configuration of the model rocket and its motor are too advanced for that time period. It wouldn't be until 1970 that a model of that size would be viable. See more
My name is Temple Grandin. I'm not like other people. I think in pictures and I connect them.
There are photos of Temple Grandin (as a child, teenager and adult) shown beside the initial credits at the end. See more
If I Had a Hammer
Written by Lee Hays
(as Lee Hayes) and Pete Seeger
Performed by Peter Paul & Mary
(as Peter, Paul & Mary)
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
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