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Boy Who Could Fly [DVD] [1986] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

4.4 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009AVA3
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By A Customer on 4 April 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I first watched this film as a young girl, and have since bought it and watched it at least 20 times or more!
Millie and her family start a new life in a new town. Millie is instantly drawn to the boy next door who neither speaks nor makes any form of communication at all, but believes he can fly. She takes it upon herself to be-friend him, and tries to get him to open up. What she does find is that he CAN fly, and they fall in sweet teenage love. This is an amazing 80's film, not to be missed by old romantics. Geez, why couldn’t Eric have lived next door to me when I was a teenager!?? Oh well, ENJOY!
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Sappy? Yeah, I guess at times… but this also mostly earns its big heart, and treats early teens with more far dignity and insight than most films.

Lucy Deakins is terrific as an intelligent, thoughtful 14 year old, who slowly grows to care for the autistic boy next door. He doesn't speak, but dreams only of flying away, a condition brought on by the deaths of his parents in a plane crash years before. Now he's in the care of an alcoholic uncle (the always wonderful Fred Gwynne), and the powers that be think he might be better off being institutionalized.

Almost all the acting is top notch, which is crucial in this character based story. Jay Underwood walks various fine lines as the titular boy, named Eric. By turns mysterious, locked in, charming he seems believable as an emotionally isolated adolescent as well as a possible source of magic. Colleen Dewhurst doesn't have a lot of screen time, but makes something rich and real out of a concerned teacher who doesn't want to see Eric locked away, knowing it will kill his spirit. And Bonnie Bedelia makes a touching warm and understanding widowed mom.

There are some scenes where the comic relief is more than a little forced, and a sub-plot about a little brother taking on neighborhood bullies seems grafted on from a far more Disney-ish film. But this Capra-esque gentle, bittersweet fantasy is a great 1980s film for tweens even today, and not a bad one for adults as well.
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Sappy? Yeah, I guess at times… but this also mostly earns its big heart, and treats early teens with more far dignity and insight than most films.

Lucy Deakins is terrific as an intelligent, thoughtful 14 year old, who slowly grows to care for the autistic boy next door. He doesn't speak, but dreams only of flying away, a condition brought on by the deaths of his parents in a plane crash years before. Now he's in the care of an alcoholic uncle (the always wonderful Fred Gwynne), and the powers that be think he might be better off being institutionalized.

Almost all the acting is top notch, which is crucial in this character based story. Jay Underwood walks various fine lines as the titular boy, named Eric. By turns mysterious, locked in, charming he seems believable as an emotionally isolated adolescent as well as a possible source of magic. Colleen Dewhurst doesn't have a lot of screen time, but makes something rich and real out of a concerned teacher who doesn't want to see Eric locked away, knowing it will kill his spirit. And Bonnie Bedelia makes a touching warm and understanding widowed mom.

There are some scenes where the comic relief is more than a little forced, and a sub-plot about a little brother taking on neighborhood bullies seems grafted on from a far more Disney-ish film. But this Capra-esque gentle, bittersweet fantasy is a great 1980s film for tweens even today, and not a bad one for adults as well.
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Dont know why amazon still lists this as a region 1 dvd when the picture clearly the MOD Warner Brother Archive Collection release which plays in ALL regions. Amazon have got to update their listing info as it confuses buyers who haven't heard of MOD (Manufactured On Demand) films. Saying that it is an excellent transfer and superior to the OUT OF PRINT region 1 release which obviously couldn't play in other regions and therefore restricted the amount of people who could enjoy this magical movie
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I really loved this movie, when it first came out. I would love to buy it and share it with others, BUT it's in the wrong format for my dvd player. Obviously this issue is only for the American market. What a shame! I won't go into the plot, because the previous reviewer has already done that. This is a really sweet romance, and fantasy. mixed. I would recommend it to all ages.
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I love all the old films from my childhood and this is one of them, you just cant beat the 80's, thank you
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they are has very good as i had them on vhs but the tape broke because i used to play alot thank you
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I love this film. Laughed, cried and waited eagerly for that type of ending you can only get from an 80's film. This film has pulled me out of the doldrums so many times in the past its become part of my therapy when I'm feeling down. Great acting from all and a real feel good teary ending.
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