The Boy Who Could Fly
The Boy Who Could Fly (1986)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 15, 1986
DVD Release Date: July 8, 2003
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

A charming fantasy with a lot of heart.

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Scott Weinberg

It's sweet, it's touching, it's occasionally pretty corny -- but I've got a soft spot for this one all the same.

Clint Morris

One of the best family films of the 80s. Lucy Deakins and Jay Underwood are delightful. A film you'll cherish forever.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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.

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

One of the hallmark films of the 1980s, full of whimsical charm.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
I really liked this movie when I was a kid, I thought it was cool, and it has Fred Savage from the Wonder Years. Now, it seems kind of silly and predictable,… More
Curtis Lilly
I remember this movie from childhood. All I can think of is he's like retarded and flies out the window or something. I should probably see it again… More
Nani Vang
Aww...I remember watching this in either 4th or 5th grade.
Dean McKenna
A surprisingly downbeat fantasy that never really gets off the ground until its rather silly ending.
Jason Spencer
I like it. It's simple but it has a good story and some funny parts to help it along. And who doesn't want to fly?
Leigh Ryan
Well done acting.