The Boy Who Could Fly
A heartwarming story about the special friendship between two teenagers struggling to adjust to life after each suffers a great loss.
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- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 48 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Released: August 14, 2012
- Originally Released: 1986
- Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Jay Underwood, Lucy Deakins, Fred Savage, Bonnie Bedelia & Colleen Dewhurst|
|Performer:||Fred Gwynne, Mindy Cohn, Janet MacLachlan, Jason Priestley, Cameron Bancroft & Louise Fletcher|
|Directed by||Nick Castle|
|Edited by||Patrick Kennedy|
|Screenwriting by||Nick Castle|
|Composition by||Bruce Broughton|
|Produced by||Gary Adelson|
|Director of Photography:||Adam Holender & Steven Poster|
A feel good movie about a teenager who cares deeply about another person and, in the process, experiences the renewal of her mind and spirit. Full Review
Spirituality and Practice
Rating: 4/5 -- One of the hallmark films of the 1980s, full of whimsical charm.
Arizona Daily Star
Rating: 4/5 -- One of the best family films of the 80s. Lucy Deakins and Jay Underwood are delightful. A film you'll cherish forever.
Rating: 4/5 -- It's sweet, it's touching, it's occasionally pretty corny -- but I've got a soft spot for this one all the same.
Rating: 2/4 -- Filmmaker Castle has infused The Boy Who Could Fly with an exceedingly (and often excessively) deliberate pace that prevents the viewer from connecting to the material throughout... Full Review
Reel Film Reviews
Rating: 3/4 -- Here is a sweet and innocent parable about a boy who could fly -- and about a girl who could fly, too. Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- A charming fantasy with a lot of heart. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Description by OLDIES.com:
Jay Underwood plays an autistic boy who provides a source of fascination to a new family in town. Never uttering a sound, Underwood spends hours in his backyard, attempting to fly like the birds. Lucy Deakins, the daughter of the new family, befriends Underwood; she is encouraged by teacher Colleen Dewhurst to try to draw the boy out of his shell, and to keep a journal on the subject. Rendered unconscious in a fall, Deakins dreams that Underwood can fly. The boy is suddenly whisked away to an institution, and Deakins despairs that she'll never see him again.