Sunday, December 02, 2007

List of Movies About People with Disabilities

This list contains reviews of movies that I have viewed that profile autism or disabilities in general. Please let me know what I missed. Happy browsing!

- Change of Habit
- House of Cards
- Rain Man
- Mercury Rising
- The Boy Who Could Fly
- I Am Sam
- Benny and Joon
- A Beautiful Mind
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The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
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The Other Sister
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As Good as It Gets
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Shine
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My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown
- Sound and Fury
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
- The Mighty
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Simon Birch
- Beyond Silence
- Of Mice and Men
- Matchstick Men
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Nell
- Lorenzo's Oil
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Girl, Interrupted
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...First Do No Harm
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My Sisters Keeper
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Radio

*** Autism in the Movies

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE PRAYING WITH LIOR

OPENS IN WASHINGTON D.C.’S

AVALON THEATRE ON MARCH 28TH!

The winner of numerous Audience Awards for Best Documentary, Praying with Lior asks whether someone with Down syndrome can be a “spiritual genius.” Directed and produced by Washington native, Ilana Trachman, the film enjoyed a record-breaking NYC premiere. And now D.C. area residents will have a chance to see what critics have been raving about! A New York Times Critic's Pick, called "a crowd-pleasing delight" by Variety, Praying with Lior provides a window into spirituality, disability, and the power of community. Many think Lior is close to God -- at least that's what his family and community believe -- though he’s also a burden, a best friend, an inspiration and an embarrassment, depending on who is asked and when. As this moving and entertaining documentary moves to its climax, Lior must pass through the gateway to manhood - his Bar Mitzvah.

Inspirational and thought-provoking, this family-friendly film will run for a limited engagement. So come to WASHINGTON’S AVALON THEATRE starting March 28th, and see what everyone is talking about!

Turnout the first weekend will increase the likelihood of an extended run!



CRITIC'S PICK! The extraordinary life of Lior Liebling ...touching! "
– JEANETTE CATSOULIS, THE NEW YORK TIMES


"There have been a number of very popular documentaries about religion in recent years, but Praying with Lior stands out as one of the most heartfelt and touching."
– ABC NEWS

"Funny and touching, brilliantly and lovingly made!"
– JEWISH WEEK
"Praying with Lior bores deep into your soul. That's a pretty good definition of a religious experience."
– BOX OFFICE MAGAZINE
"Pamper your soul and pray with Lior"
– RABBI ZALMAN SCHACHTER-SHALOMI
“A CROWD-PLEASING DELIGHT! Intimate and involving, fascinating and rather extraordinary!”
– VARIETY


“Warm-hearted and mesmerizing, made with equal parts admiration and astonishment…discards the clich├ęs and condescension of so many religious films.”
– NY SUN
"I wish I could pray with the raw honesty of Lior Liebling"
– TIM SHRIVER, WASHINGTON POST
Info and trailer at: http://www.prayingwithlior.com/index.htm

Karina said...

Thank you so much for your wonderful list on films about people with disabilities. Im studying education and will hopefully work in the field of special needs.

Its great to see so many films bringing attention to special needs and disabilities.

There is a great Australian film called Black Balloon. Its about a boy with autism and his families experience. Funny and eye opening.

THanks!

Stephanie Mihajlowitsch said...

Another good one is A smile as big as the moon with john corbett it about a special ed clas with hopes of going to space camp and the teacher makes it happen very very good movie

Promethean Planet

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