The Boy Who Could Fly (1986)


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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 … More

Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
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On DVD: Jul 8, 2003
20th Century Fox


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Critic Reviews for The Boy Who Could Fly

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for The Boy Who Could Fly

I really liked this movie when I was a kid, I thought it was cool, and it has Fred Savage from the Wonder Years. Now, it seems kind of silly and predictable, but it's okay.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

A childhood favourite, it?s not really a 4 star film but it is to me!

Anthony Lawrie

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Aww...I remember watching this in either 4th or 5th grade.

Nani Vang

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