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Temple Grandin (2010)

A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry.

Director:

Mick Jackson

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Temple Grandin (based on the book: "Emergence"), Margaret Scariano (based on the book: "Emergence") | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Danes ... Temple Grandin
Julia Ormond ... Eustacia
David Strathairn ... Dr. Carlock
Catherine O'Hara ... Aunt Ann
Stephanie Faracy ... Betty Goscowitz
Barry Tubb ... Randy
Melissa Farman ... Alice
Steve Shearer ... Jeff Brown
Richard Dillard Richard Dillard ... Don Micheals
Jenna Elizabeth Hughes Jenna Elizabeth Hughes ... Four-Year-Old Temple (as Jenna Hughes)
Michael Crabtree Michael Crabtree ... Uncle Mike
Charles Baker ... Billy
David Born ... Shanklin
Rutherford Cravens ... Feedlot Guard
Matthew Posey ... Ted Gilbert
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Storyline

Biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who overcame the limitations imposed on her by her condition to become a Ph.D. and expert in the field of animal husbandry. She developed an interest in cattle early in life while spending time at her Aunt and Uncle's ranch. She did not speak until age four and had difficulty right through high school, mostly in dealing with people. Her mother was very supportive as were some of her teachers. She is noted for creating her "hug box", widely recognized today as a way of relieving stress in autistic children, and her humane design for the treatment of cattle in processing plants, which have been the subject of several books and won an award from PETA. Today, she is a professor at Colorado State University and well-known speaker on autism and animal handling. Written by garykmcd

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Autism gave her a vision. She gave it a voice. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Texas, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the movie Temple learns about people giving each other signals with their eyes to communicate in 1975 from her mother telling her. In real life she read it in a book when she was 50 (1997 or 1998). See more »

Goofs

In the movie Temple's squeeze machine is thrown away but in reality it was put into storage. See more »

Quotes

Temple Grandin: [voiceover] I've always wanted to understand the gentleness that other people feel by being hugged by their mothers. And now I've made a machine that lets me do that. It feels like a wire gets reconnected. Like something gets repaired.
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Crazy Credits

There are photos of Temple Grandin (as a child, teenager and adult) shown beside the initial credits at the end. See more »

Connections

Features From Here to Eternity (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Silver Bells
(1950)
Written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston
Performed by Gene Autry
Courtesy of Autry Qualified Interest Trust and The Autry Foundation
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Different and Great
7 February 2010 | by conlawSee all my reviews

If this were not a TV movie I would expect it to be listed as an Oscar nominee. The movie is captivating not only for the exceptional acting but providing us with a glimpse into the world of autism. Everything about this movie points to excellence: the writing, the direction, the cinematography and the acting of a superb cast featuring Claire Danes in what must be the role of a lifetime.

The movie is moving in its emotional impact without becoming maudlin. The pace of the movie is quick and takes us through a number of years in the fascinating life of Temple Grandin without losing us or boring us.

Temple Grandin describes herself in the movie as "different not less." I would describe the movie as "different and great."

The cast and the crew may well be in line for Emmys and Golden Globes. If so, let no one say it was because of sympathy for the subject matter. It deserves any awards it wins for the excellence of the production values.

This is TV at its best!


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