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After Thomas [DVD] [2006]

Keeley Hawes , Ben Miles    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Keeley Hawes, Ben Miles, Shiela Hancock
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 7 May 2007
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NVI2D8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,373 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

True story of a severely autistic child and his parents' struggles to cope with his affliction. Kyle (Andrew Byrne) was born with severe autism and, as his mother Nicola (Keely Hawes) determinedly throws her life into caring for his needs, a rift appears between her and Rob, (Ben Miles) her husband. Nicola only has her parents, Pat and Jim to rely on in her efforts to reach through the thick fog of autism into Kyle's heart, as they are also absolutely doted on Kyle and his wellbeing. When the family gets a Labrador pup, Thomas, there are signs that his innocent, pure canine heart might be reaching out to Kyle in ways that even the greatest human love cannot achieve. When Grandma Pat passes away, the family must solidify to overcome their grief but when Thomas becomes ill and looks like following Pat, Kyle's progress is threatened.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Kyle Graham is scared. Not of monsters under the bed like any average six year old, but of just about everything - normal, everyday activities prove terrifying to him. Kyle is a child with severe autism. His mother's (Keeley Hawes) fierce determination to break into Kyle's world at any cost has placed an intolerable strain on her marriage. Her husband Rob (Ben Miles), although equally devoted to his son, is frustrated by Nicola's relentless challenging of Kyle's condition. Into this setting of seemingly insurmountable conflict comes Thomas, a golden retriever puppy. Can Thomas break into Kyle's world where everyone else has failed? Gritty and real, funny and heart-warming, After Thomas is an uplifting and moving true story. ...After Thomas

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Realistic, heart breaking, emotional film 17 Jun 2007
By CutieQ
I watched this film on tv, boxing day. It broke my heart to watch it, as it was so realistic, you could only feel for the parents and the little boy, Thomas, the puppy, named after Thomas the Tank engine was so real to me as anyone who has been affected by ASD, knows that Thomas is usually the most loved 'person' by your child. The Tantrums, the hurt, the pain and most importantly the hope these parents had. Thank you to the parents and the people who put this together, I didn't feel alone anymore, with the battle against your own insanity, the love for your child and the willingness to get the best out of a 'bad' situation. Handled sensitively, also showed the effects the world has on you, when you are bringing up a child with ASD. I would recommend this film to anyone, who is affected by ASD, knows someone with ASD, or wants to educate themselves and their families about this ever growing condition. Not all unruley children are naughty, or unwilling to co-operate. Some can't by nature. Must see. A+++++++++++
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heart warming story! 28 July 2009
By SusieH
After Thomas [DVD] [2006]

The story of a family, whose son Kyle was born with severe autism. Kyle's behaviour ranges from sullen silence to kicking and screaming tantrums - he cannot interact with others, he cannot show love towards his parents.

Follow the family's frustrations - from the lack of understanding of outside observers to dealing with medical and other authorities.

A visit to friends with dogs has Kyle communicating with the dogs in a way that he cannot with people. A golden retriever puppy, Thomas, so named because of Kyle's obsession with Thomas the Tank Engine, joins the family. Thomas's devotion allows Kyle to communicate and open up, first to Thomas, then to his family.

It is very moving to follow the progress made by Kyle, and you could feel the joy of his parents as he starts to express his emotions and feelings.

This is based on 'a friend like henry', the true story of the Gardner family. I would suggest reading the book first, (where the dog is named Henry, and the boy is Dale!)
A Friend Like Henry

Both book and DVD are delightful

Excellent, highly recommended - a box of tissues needed!
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After Thomas 25 April 2007
This is an emotional drama based on true events of life with an Autistic child. This will have you weeping from the start, a very powerful and hard hitting piece, quite possibly the best drama seen on TV in a long time. If you liked Rainman then this is a film for you. After Thomas doesn't wrap the issues with cotton wool, it demonstrates a close truth of living with such a condition, and the effects it has on everyone. Another good film based on the same issues is 'snow cake'.

If you have a passion for Autism these are the films for you!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After Thomas 8 Jan 2008
Being based on the book 'A Friend Like Henry by Nuala Gardner', I do advise reading this before watching the film, as the film only shows part of what Nicola and Rob went through with their son, and where the film ends, the book carries on quite a bit further, explaning the trials the family went through. The film doesn't really do justice to the book, however, it is gripping from start to finish, opens a window of what life is like for many parents in Rob and Nicola' position. It is a truly touching film, that will have you reaching for the tissues by the end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Briliant 23 Jan 2011
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After reading the book I could not resist and watch the film. Is a very beautiful and sad story . Very good recomended for any dog lover !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I would recommend this film to people who have their conditions of autism, asperger syndrome etc.

In fact, this film was based on a book about an autistic kid named Dale and a dog named after his favourite Thomas character 'Henry'
In the film, it takes place in the year 1993 and I was like 'wow!' (but I never expect anything from the 1990's like that nowadays, even though the film is made in 2006... I just don't know how.)

The plot starts with Kyle Graham has to struggle with a disability of severe condition of autism, and his parents couldn't know what to do to handle this. Until a solution came as an answer to fix their problems with their son, comes a golden retriever dog named after the popular TV series character 'Thomas the Tank Engine'.

Honestly I have never seen this film, but I heard it had premièred on ITV in Boxing Day 2006 and has eventually been released on DVD in 2007. Now I have the DVD for Christmas and watched it.

Overall, the film is really good to watch despite having some tear jerking moments.
Again I would give it 7.1/10.

Daniel Coffey
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After Thomas dvd 13 Jan 2013
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Excellent dvd and a story of hope for any family who may have the blessing of a child with Autism.
Item arrived prior to promised delivery date and in perfect condition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, true to life drama 7 Jan 2013
By Julie
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I originally watched this drama when it was onT.V. I was delighted to find it available on dvd, as it is such a good account of what life with an Autistic child is really like. I could really relate to the story, being a mother to an Autistic child myself. I would highly reccomend this dvd to anybody wo wants to develop a better understanding of Autism, which is a very difficut condition to explain in words!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a really enjoyable film
Published 22 days ago by jerryg
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and magnificent performance by Keeley Hawes. Any thoughts ...
Touching and magnificent performance by Keeley Hawes. Any thoughts that she was just the dolly bird with Gene Hunt are gone with this and Line of Duty. Read more
Published 24 days ago by The Cool Cookie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excelence, all should watch it, especial those working with those handicaps.
Published 1 month ago by JOHANNES THOMSEN
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Published 1 month ago by PATRICIA MADDY
5.0 out of 5 stars after thomas
what a fantastic movie which leaves us all thinking just how much do we know about communication in the medical profession
Published 2 months ago by house elf
5.0 out of 5 stars After Thomas
I thought the movie was very good.
See how an autistic boy living and family handles it.
The film touched me with emotion.
Published 2 months ago by Tove
5.0 out of 5 stars Very watchable!
Great heartwarming story-even more so as it is based on a true story! Well acted and thought provoking! Would recommend!
Published 4 months ago by Liz Crawford
4.0 out of 5 stars Moving film
A really moving and sensitive portrayal of living with and loving an autistic child. The struggles, the rewards, and eventual equilibrium. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Muggle Mum
4.0 out of 5 stars After Thomas
I wasnt sure if I havent seen this film before but I have seen it on tv, I did watch it again on dvd its a sad and upsetting film. I love the dog in it he is so cute. ★★★★
Published 6 months ago by Lisa Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the tissues ready!
This is a fantastic film about a boy with autism. I won't spoil the film for anyone reading the review but if you like a weepy buy it today! The actors are fantastic! A+
Published 7 months ago by Paul
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