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.
Rating:
PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre:
Drama , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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On DVD:
Runtime:
Studio:
20th Century Fox

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Cast

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

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (1)

A charming fantasy with a lot of heart.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

One of the best family films of the 80s. Lucy Deakins and Jay Underwood are delightful. A film you'll cherish forever.

April 18, 2008
Moviehole

One of the hallmark films of the 1980s, full of whimsical charm.

August 9, 2002
Arizona Daily Star

It's sweet, it's touching, it's occasionally pretty corny -- but I've got a soft spot for this one all the same.

July 25, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

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… | January 15, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

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Full Review… | April 24, 2012
Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review Database

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
Aj V

Super Reviewer

½

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

Nani Vang
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
Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

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