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The Theory of Flight

R| 1 hr. 39 min.

Plot Summary
Free-spirited artist Richard (Kenneth Branagh) finds himself in the employ of Jane (Helena Bonham Carter) when he is forced to do community service after leaping from a building with a rickety homemade glider strapped to his back. Jane, a young woman with a degenerative neurological disease, uses a wheelchair for mobility and a voice synthesizer to communicate. Through this device, she implores Richard to help her in her quest to lose her virginity before she dies.

Cast: Helena Bonham Carter , Kenneth Branagh , Gemma Jones , Holly Aird , Ray Stevenson ,

Director: Paul Greengrass

Genres: Romance

Distributor: Fine Line Features

The Theory of Flight (1998)

Release Date: December 23rd, 1998|1 hr. 39 min.

critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • A TV-movie-ish love story laden with heavy-handed metaphor... The Theory of Flight is feeble stuff. show more

  • Greengrass' direction is uninspired, but there is powerful chemistry between a workmanlike Branagh and (real-life girlfriend) Bonham Carter. And her original, seductive and always believable turn as the difficult-but-lovable Jane raises the movie above all its flaws. [23 Dec. 1998, p.44] show more

  • It's a sweet, low-key and satisfying film -- and it deserves a heap of credit for treating its subject with humor and humanity. show more

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  • March 29, 2011 glenara
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    This was my first exposure to Helena. I was captivated by her talent and control. It would have ben easy to over play this role..but she nailed it. There are Oscars in this ladies future. George Boyce, Glenara Productions, USA, PA

  • May 09, 2009 Bob Lingle
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    From beginning to end I just loved this movie. The stars really proved themselves and captured my attention throughout the film.

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