Looking for an alive Christopher Reeve to star in my next short
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Recommend movies in which one of the main characters is severely disabled, particularly the main character. Million Dollar Baby, didn't like so much. Must be something better?
posted by strangeleftydoublethink to Media & Arts (61 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
My Left Foot.
posted by jrossi4r at 8:16 PM on July 2, 2007


Born on the Fourth of July
posted by 4ster at 8:19 PM on July 2, 2007


Saved!
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 8:21 PM on July 2, 2007


Scent of a Woman
posted by vytae at 8:21 PM on July 2, 2007


Fanaa
(The main female character is blind -- that is why she stumbles in this clip.)
posted by Methylviolet at 8:24 PM on July 2, 2007


Rain Man.

No, seriously, it's a pretty good movie.

And seconding Born on the Fourth of July.

OK, that's a little weird. I'm really not a Tom Cruise fanboy, I swear.

Ooh, ooh, Forrest Gump. Wheeee!
posted by ZakDaddy at 8:27 PM on July 2, 2007


What counts as severely disabled? The movie Bad Day at Black Rock stars Spencer Tracy as John J. Macreedy, an amputee.
posted by RichardP at 8:27 PM on July 2, 2007


Crud, got carried away:

Forrest Gump.
posted by ZakDaddy at 8:28 PM on July 2, 2007


The Bone Collector.
posted by ericb at 8:36 PM on July 2, 2007


The Other Sister is a love story about two mentally disabled people.
posted by lostburner at 8:38 PM on July 2, 2007


Regarding Henry
posted by The Deej at 8:40 PM on July 2, 2007


The Best Years of Our Lives
posted by The Deej at 8:43 PM on July 2, 2007


Mask. See also IMDB's keywords (e.g. disability), which have ratings attached.
posted by Paragon at 8:47 PM on July 2, 2007


Reach for the Sky
posted by tellurian at 8:49 PM on July 2, 2007


The Elephant Man
posted by thinman at 8:50 PM on July 2, 2007


children of a lesser god
posted by brandz at 8:54 PM on July 2, 2007


Anything with Keanu Reeves? I kid!! How about Spider?
posted by mattholomew at 8:56 PM on July 2, 2007


Bad Boy Bubby
posted by arha at 9:00 PM on July 2, 2007


Being There. It's about a mentally slow gardener. He keeps saying offbeat things, and people take them as deep, meaningful metaphors. Peter Sellers is wonderful in it.
posted by Ostara at 9:05 PM on July 2, 2007


Whose Life Is It Anyway?
posted by Webbster at 9:07 PM on July 2, 2007


How about the one with the chick laying in the bed? I think Mary Tyler Moore played her for a while on Broadway with stunt casting. Then Richard Dreyfuss played the part in the movie, and it's a right to die movie, he wants the right to die with dignity. Oh goddammit, go to IMDB and look it up.

The above brought to you by my wife, who can't remember the name of that fucking movie

And here it is: Whose Life Is It Anyway
posted by davejay at 9:09 PM on July 2, 2007


Based on the examples cited, I doubt the original poster had "mentally disabled" in mind. Something like The Waterdance would be more like it.
posted by jjg at 9:10 PM on July 2, 2007


Argh. Webbster beat me to it, because I was too busy transcribing my wife verbatim.

(s)he posted first, I had more fun
posted by davejay at 9:10 PM on July 2, 2007


What's Eating Gilbert Grape. DiCaprio is outstanding.
posted by tellurian at 9:12 PM on July 2, 2007


The Bone Collector, although the book is hella better than the movie. All the books in the series are pretty neat...Lincoln Rhyme is a forensics superdetective who solves crimes from his wheelchair and bedroom lab.

Pretty gruesome stuff though.
posted by TomMelee at 9:16 PM on July 2, 2007


The Boy Who Could Fly centers around an autistic character.
posted by vytae at 9:18 PM on July 2, 2007


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
posted by wubbie at 9:31 PM on July 2, 2007


Coming Home

Jane Fonda and Jon Voight
posted by vronsky at 9:36 PM on July 2, 2007


Haven't seen it, but The Sea Inside got good reviews.
posted by papakwanz at 9:38 PM on July 2, 2007


There's a Recommended Films page at http://www.disabilityfilms.co.uk/.
posted by nicwolff at 9:39 PM on July 2, 2007


Whoops, here's the link.
posted by nicwolff at 9:40 PM on July 2, 2007


Rory O'Shea Was Here
posted by Soliloquy at 9:49 PM on July 2, 2007


In the John Wayne movie "Hellfighters" there's a pretty important supporting character who is confined to a wheelchair, because of a broken back.

Jay C. Flippen, the actor playing that role, only had one leg; the other we see on film was prosthetic.
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 10:02 PM on July 2, 2007


Does Saw count? The behind-the-curtain villain is nearly immobilized.

For that matter, Star Wars.
posted by lostburner at 10:25 PM on July 2, 2007


Oooh, Rear Window (wheelchair bound with a broken leg) and Wait Until Dark (the main character's blindness is the focus of the movie).
posted by lostburner at 10:30 PM on July 2, 2007


Does dwarfism count? If so, The Station Agent.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 10:43 PM on July 2, 2007


Theory of Flight
posted by brujita at 10:52 PM on July 2, 2007


Late Bloomer aka Osoi hito.
posted by scodger at 10:57 PM on July 2, 2007


Pumpkin.
posted by SoftRain at 11:17 PM on July 2, 2007


Marathon is a true story about a autistic runner. It's one of the best movies I've seen.
posted by robofunk at 11:37 PM on July 2, 2007


Inside I'm Dancing

About two guys in wheelchairs who try to live outside institutional life. Recommended.
posted by kjs4 at 11:59 PM on July 2, 2007


has anyone said Breaking The Waves yet?
posted by forallmankind at 12:05 AM on July 3, 2007


I'll probably be pilloried for this, but I'd like to suggest "The Ringer". While the lead character is pretending to be disabled, many of the supporting actors actually are disabled. Yes, it stars Johnny Knoxville and yes, it's a Farelly brothers movie, but it's so much more than the sum of its parts.
posted by ninazer0 at 12:13 AM on July 3, 2007


Go Now - Robert Carlyle has Multiple Sclerosis.
posted by concrete at 1:20 AM on July 3, 2007


the lookout
posted by jne1813 at 1:26 AM on July 3, 2007


Digging to China with Kevin Bacon
posted by nimsey lou at 3:04 AM on July 3, 2007


Le scaphandre et le papillon
posted by rom1 at 3:40 AM on July 3, 2007


Dead Man's Shoes
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 3:57 AM on July 3, 2007


Julien Donkey-Boy
posted by quentiniii at 4:52 AM on July 3, 2007


Oasis, amazing film.
posted by milov at 4:55 AM on July 3, 2007


The Sea Inside.
posted by emd3737 at 6:11 AM on July 3, 2007


In The Company Of Men (not THE main character, but an important character is deaf).
posted by inigo2 at 6:22 AM on July 3, 2007


Do documentaries count? If so, Murderball.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 7:01 AM on July 3, 2007


The Miracle Worker: original and recent remake.

Daredevil and X-Mens 1, 2, and 3.

Monkey Shines
posted by Martin E. at 7:29 AM on July 3, 2007


Rory O'Shea Was Here

Wonderful film.
posted by ericb at 7:59 AM on July 3, 2007


The Boy in the Plastic Bubble
posted by zach braff's mixtape at 8:58 AM on July 3, 2007


I Am Sam
posted by The World Famous at 9:34 AM on July 3, 2007


Sling Blade is good if you're looking for a movie with someone who has a severe disability. It's a strange movie, but very interesting to watch.
posted by I_love_the_rain at 10:04 AM on July 3, 2007


Is everybody assuming the title of the post isn't serious?

If it is -- if the OP is looking for an *actor* to hire -- then a useful contact might be the National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped in NYC, lists like this one of list of films with disabled actors, or some of the orgs mentioned in this essay.
posted by allterrainbrain at 2:22 PM on July 3, 2007


Is everybody assuming the title of the post isn't serious?

If it is -- if the OP is looking for an *actor* to hire


Yep, I was confused, because I the title and the actual question are at odds.

Title: Looking for an alive Christopher Reeve to star in my next short

Question: Recommend movies in which one of the main characters is severely disabled, particularly the main character.

Then she mentions Million Dollar Baby as an example, which did not feature a disabled actor, but a disabled character. Unless one of the supporting actors is disabled (???).

I assumed that since the OP didn't correct us, that the answers were on track.

Care to weigh in, OP?????
posted by The Deej at 4:51 PM on July 3, 2007


Thirding or so... I thought The Sea Inside was absolutely awesome, all the more so for the transformation the lead actor went through in order to portray Ramon Sampedro, a quadriplegic. It's evident in the flashbacks that he's actually a quite buff and young-looking guy, but I at least totally believed his portrayal of a somewhat older man, imprisoned by his body after an accident but mentally more free than most, and very able to control and influence the people around him. While it's more of a right-to-die picture than a story of living with disability, it's still very moving.
posted by Gingersnap at 6:54 PM on July 3, 2007


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