Favorite Movies with a Disability Focus/Storyline
Submitted by richardp on Tue, 02/20/2001 - 09:17
- 1) The Waterdance, with Eric Stoltz, Helen Hunt and Wesley Snipes. Snipes is wonderful, Stoltz is quite convincing and Hunt is amazingly versatile and really, really cute. :)
- 2) Benny & Joon with Johnny Depp and Mary Stuart Masterson with Aidan Quinn. This is a wonderful date movie. Not the most realistic, but really well done.
- 3) Born on the Fourth of July with Tom Cruise. I watched his mannerisms, body language and presence. I was genuinely impressed.
- 4) Rain Man with Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. Another impressive turn for Cruise as the brother of an autistic. Hoffman was simply amazing in this role.
- 5) Gaby, unsure who starred, however, the performance was wonderful and handling of sexuality was honest, tender and real.
- 6) Hell Roller is really a horrid film, but was so incredibly funny I had to include it. A low-budget film with a disabled serial killer, oh my! It probably included every stereotype and bad joke, but I simply find it irresistable. I highly recommend renting it if you can find it!
- 7) Children of a Lesser God with Marlee Matlin. What a powerful performance, and a true reminder of the gifted "disabled" performers!
- 8) Mask, with Eric Stoltz and Cher...This was a great breakthrough performance for Cher, and an early impressive performance for Stoltz. Funny, I like Stoltz more in these kinds of roles. Traditional roles just don't seem to work for him as well.
- 9) Elephant Man, I still can't believe I forgot this one...though, I confess I prefer the stage version.
- 10) Whose Life Is it Anyway? Richard Dreyfuss was powerful in this role, but I seemed to like it more than critics did. Once again, I thought the stage version was more powerful.
- 11) My Left Foot, not my favorite but definitely a must see.
- 12) What's eating Gilbert Grape? Truly a wonderful performance by Leonardo Dicaprio, and who can forget the powerful performance by the mother? (Geez, I can't remember her name).
- 13) Butterflies Are Free: There are those who don't like this one, but I find it a nice afternoon viewing.
- 14) Forrest Gump: Definitely don't know how I missed this one on the original list. Love this one.
- 15) Passion Fish: Okay, I confess I don't remember if the title is one word or two, but I do remember loving this film dealing with chronic illness. (thanks jen)
- 16) The Other Sister: Okay, I confess I found her voice a bit irritating...but, honestly, it was pretty darn accurate :0
- 17) Deuce Bigalow (added 8/6): Okay, it wasn't the biggest role...still, I must confess I found the dealings with the amputee actually had some insight and were pretty darn funny. :)
- 18) NEW as of 8/27: Pumpkin, a brand new movie with Christina Ricci. She actually was a producer on this film. This movie has a lot of dark humor involving disability, but I found it ringing very true to my own experiences. Boldly addresses issues such as socialization among disabled/non disabled...Doesn't provide many answers, but I HIGHLY recommend this film.
- 19) If you could see what I hear, a wonderful film based on the life of Tom Sullivan and starring Marc Singer.
- 20) Miracle in Lane 2, a Disney film starring Frankie Muniz as Justin Yoder. It's a true story about a boy with spina bifida who wins the National Soap Box Derby Championship.
- 21) Lorenzo's Oil: Powerful film with Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon. Very intense at times.
- 22) Amelie: Heartwarming foreign film with multiple disabled characters throughout the film. The central character is not, but disability is shown throughout the film. This is a fave film of mine.
- 23) Outside Providence: I'm not a really big fan of this film, but with the younger brother in the wheelchair it has a nice, non-stereotypical disability theme in it.
I'm sure there are many others I'm forgetting right now, and would love to hear about even more!