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in the Movies
Books on Autism
in the Movies
This list contains movies that shows actors/actresses
doing a reasonable job of portraying a person with
autism. It will help you well if you avail of these in
video cassettes to enlighten you further re: autism.
the majority do not provide an accurate description of
the underlying cause of autism and may, in fact, label a
person as autistic who, given the circumstances
presented, may not be.
If you are
aware of any other movies not included on the list, please email us.
Dreams ORDER HERE!
Stars: Brooke Shields, Sherilyn Fenn, Tony Fields, Burt
Young, Anthony Franciosa
Length: 104 minutes
A gangster, with apparent mafia connections, winds up
taking care of his autistic son. He displays many
autistic behaviors, such as social withdrawal, being mute
and rocking. A graduate student commits herself to help
the child as well as help the father leave the mafia. ORDER HERE!
of Habit ORDER HERE!
Stars: Elvis Presley, Mary Tyler Moore, Jane Ellit,
Director: William Graham
Length: 97 minutes
Elvis plays a physician who runs a medical clinic in a
poor neighborhood. Three nuns are sent to assist Elvis in
his medical practice. A family brings a girl to the
clinic for an evaluation and treatment. The girl is
diagnosed as having autism because the girl rocks, does
not want to be held, and does not respond to sounds.
Elvis treats the girl, and she begins to break out of her
of Cards ORDER HERE!
Stars: Asha Menina, Kathleen Turner, Tommy Lee Jones,
Director: Michael Lessac
Length: 107 minutes
A bright, young girl withdraws soon after her father is
killed by falling off a cliff. She thinks that by keeping
to herself and climbing tall structures, she will reunite
with her father who she believes is near the moon. She
exhibits many autistic characteristics, such as
insistence on sameness, good coordination, lack of social
interaction, and no language. At the end of the movie,
the mother builds a circular tower which was similar to a
tower the child build from cards. The mother climbs the
tower with her daughter, and she is cured from her
Man ORDER HERE!
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino
Director: Barry Levinson
Length: 140 minutes
A car dealer returns to his boyhood home soon after
learning about his father's death. His father left a
large sum of money to a benefactor, who he later
discovers is his autistic brother, Raymond. Raymond was
institutionalized soon after his mother's death because
of the fear that he might accidentally hurt his younger
brother. Raymond has many autistic features, such as
perseverations, insistence on sameness, rocking,
self-injury, and savant abilities. The film illustrates
how the car dealer gets to know his brother and his
idiosyncrasies due to autism on a cross-country car trip.
(also known as Crazy Jack and The Boy)
Stars: Will Geer, Ellen Geer, Ian Geer, Richard Kelton
Director: John Korty
Length: 99 minutes
An autistic child is lost during a camping trip and is
befriended by a hermit. The child leaves the hermit's
house and is then faced with the dangers of the woods. He
is later rescued.
Who Could Fly ORDER HERE!
Stars: Jay Underwood, Lucy Deakins, Fred Savage, Colleen
Dewhurst, Fred Gwyne, Louise Fletcher
Director: Nick Castle
Length: 114 minutes
A teenager with autism is sent to live with his uncle
after his parents die in an airplane crash. The teenager
exhibits many features of autism such as social
withdrawal, mute, and stereotypic behaviors. A girl who
lives in a house next door befriends the teenager.
Initially, she becomes his friend, but later she becomes
his tutor. After much one-on-one contact, the teenager
becomes more aware of other people and starts to show
emotions. Because of his uncle's alcohol problem, the
teenager is sent to an institution. At the end of the
movie, the teenager flew away to avoid being
Rising (1998) ORDER HERE!
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