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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Critic Reviews for Temple Grandin

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Audience Reviews for Temple Grandin

  • Jul 19, 2014
    Inspirational, insightful, uniquely realized, and undoubtedly fascinating, Temple Grandin is yet another strong biopic from HBO. Based on the life of Temple Grandin, an amazing woman with autism who has added both hope and understanding to the condition. It's through her work that we understand the autistic mind as a complex one, capable of remarkable brilliance, thinking visually and able to replicate and recall images to an unbelievable degree. The film goes through Temple's life and major experiences, but does so without a "by the numbers approach". It accomplishes this through an amazing performance from Claire Danes, who completely inhibits Temple Grandin. The narrative allows us to better understand her mind by giving us flashes of the sort of visuals she experiences, while always keeping narrative focus. The film doesn't pander to her or those with autism, but rather transcends condescending notions by showing the underling ability that often goes unnoticed and cultivated. Overall, it's an effective, resonate, and strongly executed biopic. 4/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2013
    Temple Grandin is one of the films that, once again, made my cry and laugh at the same time. The acting was great, the dialogues were realistic, the editing was perfect to allow us to understand her mind. I think the message of the film was clear: Disability doesn't mean defect, the will to work for one's potential will succeed.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2012
    Fascinating, touching, and empowering.
    Matthew S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2012
    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 Super Reviewer

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