The Theory of Flight (1998)



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As a frustrated artist, Richard eventually finds himself in trouble with the law. He accepts community service in the company of Jane, a strong-willed woman suffering from a neuromuscular disorder. As the two become acquainted, Jane turns to Richard with the biggest favor of all, helping her lose her virginity.

Rating: R (for sexuality and language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Hawkins, Richard L. Hawkins
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 9, 1999
Fine Line Features


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Critic Reviews for The Theory of Flight

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (13)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | September 11, 1998
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for The Theory of Flight


An interesting movie.

Leo L

Super Reviewer

Sad story I caught on TV about the love and friendship which develops between a kind of loser and a woman dying of Lou Gehrigs disease. Fabulous performances by Carter and Branagh...without them the film would have probably been bad.

Robin P.

Shocking when you don't view it in its entirity, but ends up a very sweet film when you do. Probably the best role I've seen Carter in yet.

Shelby L

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