Temple Grandin


Temple Grandin

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Director Mick Jackson teams with screenwriters Christopher Monger and William Merritt Johnson to tell the story of autistic icon Temple Grandin, a woman who refused to let her disorder limit her true potential. Adapted from Grandin's own writings, the film allows the audience to experience the world much like she does while recounting her colorful life and remarkable achievements from childhood to adulthood. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Claire Danes
as Temple Grandin
Julia Ormond
as Eustacia
David Strathairn
as Dr. Carlock
Stephanie Faracy
as Betty Goscowitz
Steve Shearer
as Jeff Brown
Richard Dillard
as Don Michaels
Michael Crabtree
as Uncle Mike
David Born
as Shanklin
Rutherford Cravens
as Feedlot Guard
Matthew Posey
as Ted Gilbert
Cyndi Williams
as Slaughterhouse Clerk
Steve Uzzell
as Psychologist
Rick Espaillat
as French Lecturer
Jim Flowers
as Dr. Spenk
Michael Conway
as Mr. Peters
William Akey
as Mr. Hodges
Kristin McCollum
as Madame Davide
Chris Olson
as Mr. Povey
Joe Nemmers
as Mr. Neal
Gerry Robert Byrne
as John Richmond
John Rawley
as Red Harris
Phil Harrington
as Dr. Ladenham
Ken Webster
as Blueprint Draftsman
Carl Savering
as Mr. Goscowitz
Brady Coleman
as Abbot Chief Executive
David Blackwell
as Supermarket Clerk
Sheila Bailey-Lucas
as Small Store Clerk
Jenna Wheeler Hughes
as Four-year-old Temple
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Audience Reviews for Temple Grandin

I have always been sort of indifferent about Claire Danes, but I believe that with this film she has really proved herself to be quite an actress. It's a performance that if done poorly could have come across as over the top are cartoonish, but Danes nuanced performance brings the quirky Grandin to life in a very believable, moving yet empowering way. The supporting cast (particularly Ormond & O'Hara) are also superb. In addition to the great acting, the film was edited and enhanced in a delightful way, that really helps the viewer have a better understanding of the complex way that Grandin's (brilliant) mind works. An exceptionally good film about an exceptionally brilliant woman.

Robert C
Robert C

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Fascinating, touching, and empowering.

Matthew Slaven
Matthew Slaven

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The film takes a completely new approach to autism. The editing for one thing grabs your mind and expands it for people unfamiliar with the disorder. Claire Danes is fantastic and brings strong emotions when displaying the biographical character. A fun watch for those who have the opportunity to watch it.

paul oh
paul oh

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For someone who knew nothing about Temple Grandin prior to this film, I really had no idea what I was in for. In fact, I was not very excited due to the presence of Claire Danes. I know she has talent, but I have not really seen a film of hers that has really impressed me. Enter Temple Grandin. A role that can be seen as merely Oscar bait, but is deftly handled by Danes. Never once did I feel as though she was an actress playing a woman with autism. Hell, had Danes never been in a film before, I would just have assumed that they cast an actual person inflicted with the disorder. While this seems like acting 101, it amazes me just how many actors chew the scene in such a way that draws way too much attention to themselves. As for the film itself, it is well done. The sound design is masterful and the images fly at you in such a way that help get the viewer immersed into such a complex mind. However, it does in the end feel like a tv movie. Things are too often overstated and the music swells in a way that frequently drew my attention to the artifice and prevented me from truly immersing in the film. Also, there were a few scenes that looked like they were pulled from a Hallmark special of the week. In the end, it is a fascinating and well told story. Yet, it is mainly a vehicle for Danes and she does not disappoint.

Reid Volk
Reid Volk

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