Mozart and The Whale
A love story between two savants with Asperger's syndrome whose social disparities sabotage their budding relationship. This film is based on the story of Jerry and Mary Newport.
I Am Sam
The story of an autistic man living independently and functioning well in the real world until his life changes drastically when he becomes a father and is left to care for his small child.
The Other Sister
A girl with many autistic traits proves herself capable of living independently when she moves into an apartment and starts college.
A brilliant 9-year-old autistic boy becomes a target for assassins after he breaks a top government code. An undercover FBI agent finds the boy hiding in his closet and protects him.
This low-budget science-fiction drama, winner of a 1997 Toronto Film Festival prize for "Best Canadian First Feature," depicts the plight of a group of people clad in prison-style uniforms and trapped in futuristic cube-like metal cells. One of the prisoners is Kazan, an autistic man.
A best-picture winner presenting a comical view of the American experience from the 1940s to the 1980s as seen through the eyes of a man with some autistic traits.
What's Eating Gilbert Grape?
Gilbert Grape lives in a small town where nothing much happens. The town's most interesting resident is Gilbert's autistic brother Arnie.
Little Man Tate
Fred is a genius with many Aspberger's traits. His mother, Dede is determined to protect Fred from opportunists who wish to exploit his intellect. An interesting insight into the emotions of a child with autistic traits.
A gangster, with apparent mafia connections, winds up taking care of his autistic son. The child displays many autistic behaviors, such as social withdrawal, does not speak, and rocks. A graduate student decides to help the child as well as help the father leave the mafia.
Change of Habit
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 parent brings her girl to the clinic for an evaluation and treatment. The girl is diagnosed as having autism because she 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 autism.
Run Wild, Run Free
Mark Lester (of Oliver fame ), plays Philip Ransome, a northern English boy about 10 years old, who has been mute since age 3. He spends his days roaming the moors alone. His parents despair of a cure. Gradually Philip emerges from his shell. But the way out is full of heartbreak and setbacks.
House of Cards
A bright, young girl withdraws soon after her father is killed by falling off a cliff. She believes that by withdrawing socially 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 is similar to a tower the child built from playing cards. The mother climbs the tower with her daughter, and the girl comes out of her autistic-like state.
A guitar playing car thief meets an autistic savant piano player, and together they transform a group of reluctant halfway house convicts into The Killer Diller Blues Band
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 left to 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. Throughout the movie, the car dealer gets to know his brother during a cross-country car trip. (Dr. Rimland was the technical advisor on this movie ).
Silence (also known as Crazy Jack and The Boy)
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.
Twelve year-old Jamie Benjamin (Sammy Snyder) is a misunderstood lad. His classmates pick on him, his neighbors think he's weird and his parents ignore him. But now Jamie has a secret weapon: deep in the woods he has discovered a deep pit full of man-eating creatures he calls Trogs...and it isn't long before he gets an idea for getting revenge and feeding the Trogs in the process!
The Boy Who Could Fly
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, no languge, 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 institutionalized.
A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry.
The Black Balloon
All Thomas wants is a normal adolescence but his autistic brother, Charlie, thwarts his every opportunity. Will Thomas, with the help of his girlfriend, Jackie, accept his brother?
Corey (Fred Savage) kidnaps his autistic younger brother, Jimmy (Luke Edwards), to save him from impending institutionalization. They escape in the back of a twinkie van on their way to California and the chase is on: their father (Beau Bridges) and older brother (Christian Slater) want to bring them home, a bounty hunter is after Jimmy for the fee his mother and stepfather will pay. Along the way, the brothers join forces with Haley (Jenny Lewis), an extremely resourceful girl ("I know truckers - they got a code") on her own after the breakup of her own family. When they discover that Jimmy has an extraordinary talent for video games, they're off to the Nintendo world championship in California. Everything comes to a head at Video Armageddon. Jimmy's autistic symptoms include social withdrawal, limited use of language, obsession with California, repetitive actions.
A girl (Jane Horrocks) withdraws inward following the death of her father into a world they shared - recordings of great artists of the 1940s and 1950s. Her mother (Brenda Blethyn) is an alcoholic, verbally abusive and self-centered, and one evening, brings home new talent-promoter boyfriend (Michael Caine). When the power goes off and they hear LV (Little Voice - "on account of you're so soft-spoken") sing in the voices of the greats, dollar signs flash in their eyes, and they try to capitalize on her gifts. The only person who appreciates the girl behind the voice is Peter, the telephone guy, himself an introvert whose main companions are his homing pigeons. If you can get past the language - the English accents are sometimes hard to understand, also very "blue" at times - this is an excellent film for examining social withdrawal, limited use of language, obsession with old recordings and extraordinary musical abilities of some autists, as well as the tendency for certain opportunists to take advantage of them. The film is best suited for high school students over the age of 17.
Sigourney Weaver plays an independent autistic woman who helps a guilt-ridden stranger, played by Alan Rickman, come to terms with his issues about love and death. The film received mixed reviews, but Weaver’s performance was praised by many in the autistic community.
My Name is Khan
Rizwan Khan, a Muslim from the Borivali section of Mumbai, suffers from Asperger's syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism that complicates socialization. The adult Rizwan marries a Hindu single mother, Mandira, in San Francisco. After 9/11, Rizwan is detained by authorities at LAX who mistake his disability for suspicious behavior. Following his arrest, he meets Radha, a therapist who helps him deal with his situation and his affliction. Rizwan then begins a journey to meet US President Obama to clear his name.
I'm Jess...wife to Jared...Mama of 4. 3ofmyown+1ofhis=4kids: Amanda (sd) 10, Amethyst 7 (Pdd-Nos), Isaac 6 (Autism and Epilepsy) & Elijah 3. I support Nursing In Public and am anti-vaccines.