The Boy Who Could Fly (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes

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 institution, and Deakins despairs that she'll never see him again.more
Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 8, 2003
20th Century Fox


Jay Underwood
as Eric Gibb
Lucy Deakins
as Milly Michaelson
Bonnie Bedelia
as Charlene Michaelson
Fred Savage
as Louis Michaelson
Fred Gwynne
as Uncle Hugo
Mindy Cohn
as Geneva
as Max
Colleen Dewhurst
as Mrs. Sherman
Louise Fletcher
as Psychiatrist
Tommy Lee Wallace
as The Coupes de Villes
Janet MacLachlan
as Mrs. D'Gregario
Aura Pithart
as Colette
Sean Kelso
as Bad Boy
Meredith Bain-Woodwa...
as Female Administrator
Meredith B. Woodward
as Administrator
Raimund Stamm
as Attendant
Dan Zale
as Attendant
James E. McLarty
as Tour Guide
Betty Phillips
as Institute Receptioni...
Tannis Rae
as Ms. O'Neil
Tom Heaton
as Dr. Nelson
Angela Gann
as Mrs. Betuel
John Carpenter
as The Coupe De Villes
Scott Irvine
as Officer
Warren Carr
as Guest Coupe
Karen Siegel
as Dr. Karen Siegel
Thomas Heaton
as Dr. Nelson
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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… | March 26, 2009
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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 V

Super Reviewer


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

Nani Vang

Super Reviewer

I like it. It's simple but it has a good story and some funny parts to help it along. And who doesn't want to fly?

Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

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