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Molly (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | July 1999 (Norway)
A bachelor becomes the unwilling guardian of his autistic, intellectually disabled sister; then an experimental treatment works a dramatic change in her brain and his attitude.

Director:

John Duigan

Writer:

Richard Christie (as Dick Christie)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elisabeth Shue ... Molly McKay / Sister
Aaron Eckhart ... Buck McKay / Brother
Jill Hennessy ... Susan / Neurologist
Thomas Jane ... Sam / Patient at nursing home
D.W. Moffett ... Mark Cottrell / Buck's friend
Elizabeth Mitchell ... Beverly Trehare / Buck's friend
Robert Harper ... Dr. Simmons
Elaine Hendrix ... Jennifer / Buck's ex-girlfriend
Michael Paul Chan ... Domingo / Patient at nursing home
Lucy Liu ... Brenda / Buck's workmate
Jon Pennell Jon Pennell ... Gary McKay
Sarah Wynter ... Julie McKay
Lauren Richter Lauren Richter ... Molly McKay / 7 Years Old
Tanner Lee Prairie Tanner Lee Prairie ... Buck McKay / 8 Years Old (as Tanner Prairie)
Nicholas Pryor ... Dr. Prentice
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Storyline

A bachelor becomes the unwilling guardian of his autistic, intellectually disabled sister; then an experimental treatment works a dramatic change in her brain and his attitude.

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Taglines:

She was a child of 3, a woman of 28 and a miracle waiting to happen! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sex-related material and nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1999 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Rescue Me See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,683, 24 October 1999

Gross USA:

$17,650

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,650
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This is a variation on the story "Flowers for Algernon", the basis of the film "Charly" (1968). See more »

Quotes

Buck McKay: It was like- it was like meeting my sister for the first time.
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Alternate Versions

When the theatrical release was delayed, the airline version release date was left unchanged, so the movie actually premiered in the USA as an in-flight movie for the USWest airline several months before hitting theaters. Moreover, the airline version was 109 minutes long. The movie was subsequently cut to 89 minutes before the theatrical release, so the airline version includes footage not seen elsewhere. See more »

Connections

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Much better than expected!
18 August 2000 | by mikeyd127See all my reviews

I must admit to being quite apprehensive about seing this movie as i had read quite a few dreadful reviews,some of which singled out Elisabeth Shue's portrayal of the title character as being cringeworthy and even worse,bordering on offensive. Having now seen the movie i can happily say it was much better than i had expected. To start,i found all of the performances to be very good particularly that of Thomas Jane who played Molly's boyfriend and of course Elisabeth Shue.Initially it was quite hard to accept her in this role because (Leaving Las Vegas excepted) other characters she has played were quite bland and uninteresting.As Molly she convinces incredibly well,displaying a wide range of emotions from childlike innocence to extreme anger and frustration, not to mention a handful of well played comic moments. Other plus points include a nice music score by Trevor Jones and a conclusion that doesn't go overly mushy yet still leaves you moved. If i had anything negative to say about Molly it would be that at times it seems quite rushed (apparently quite a few scenes were edited out),and that occasionally it is reminiscent of a T.V. movie. All in all while not an excellent movie, Molly certainly isn't terrible and i would definitley recommend it.


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