The Boy Who Could Fly
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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.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

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"A charming fantasy with a lot of heart."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"It's sweet, it's touching, it's occasionally pretty corny -- but I've got a soft spot for this one all the same."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"One of the best family films of the 80s. Lucy Deakins and Jay Underwood are delightful. A film you'll cherish forever."
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"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."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"One of the hallmark films of the 1980s, full of whimsical charm."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
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