Leg-braces in Movies


Drama


This is a collection of all the movies I'm aware of that have leg-braces in their content. The list is bound to be incomplete so please contact me when you know there are errors or omissions. Many current movies may be obtained from Amazon and other onine DVD suppliers. Youtube may have some clips from movies featured.

The Affair

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069681/ Natalie Wood as a woman with polio. Scenes throughout the film but leg-braces only seen under slacks. Don't confuse with a later film with the same title. 1971.

The Acorn People

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081977/ Based on the children's book by Ron Jones. A true story about a very special group of disabled children who make their dreams come true at Camp Wiggin.

A Day at the Beach
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065616/ 1972 film by Roman Polanski.
The lead character is a  drunk who takes his daughter (wears a KAFO) for a day out. Set in a dreary north European seaside town. In a series of incidents searching for drinks the young girl ends up having to rescue her father. Peter Sellers plays a funny gay stall holder. It has been described as a "bleak, dark, ominous" film.

Recently available on DVD from Amazon.

A Life of Her Own  

Old film. A few good scenes

American Dreams

TV Series in which the young son wears a brace. The character has since had surgery and no longer wears the brace.

An Angel at my Table

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099040/ Jane Campion's NZ film "has a gallery of memorable characters in small cameos and one of the most striking is the high school literature teacher, with her hennaed hair, leg brace, and academic robe who launches into Mallory's Morte d'Arthur."

A.I. (Artificial Intelligence)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0212720/ 2001.  A Sci Fi movie in which Martin Swinton played by Jake Thomas wears some futuristic leg braces.

Anna

Series seen on German TV. 1990s?

Andaaz

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0346507/ Raj (Akshay Kumar) and Kajal (Lara Dutta) have been friends since childhood when Raj showed up one day with leg braces. Kajal offers her friendship (I�ll be your friend for life Raj, she says already clearly practicing her answers for the Miss Universe pageant) � and inspires him to out roller-skate his braces ala Forest Gump in a race. Bollywood 2003 film.

An Easter Story (The Waltons)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068149/ 1973 TV series. KAFOs, canes, WC, splints

Armageddon

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120591/ 1998 When an asteroid the size of Texas is headed for Earth the world's best deep core drilling team is sent to nuke the rock from the inside. A very brief scene in which NASA executive director Dan Truman played by Billy Bob Thornton is shown wearing a leg brace.

The Assassinatin of Richard Nixon

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0364961/ 2003 film directed by Niles Mueller. Outside the Baltimore airport, Sam Bicke conceals a gun under an orthopedic leg brace and goes to board his plane. It is 1974 and the U.S.A. is going through one of the worst moments in its political history: the Watergate scandal - which eventually forced President Richard Nixon out of office - and the Vietnam War.

Behindert (Hindered)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071201/ Steve Dwoskin in his own leg-braces throughout the film. Some good closeups of his leg-braces being unstrapped. Independent German film made with ZDF TV. Worth seeing, but not buying. Early 1980s?

A Better Tomorrow

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0214531/ 1986 Hong Kong crime thriller film in Cantonese with sub-titles. One of the characters, Mark, "has been reduced to a bum who washes car windows for a living, click-clacking around Hong Kong on a leg brace."

Beware of Pity

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038354/ 1946 Girl uses crutches and braces.  Poor quality.  She speaks of her braces as "these awful iron things".

Brighton Rock
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1233192/ 2011 film based on the Graeme Greene novel. Set in the 1960s some good (brief) polio related "of the time" scenes including one shot of a few seconds outside a block of flats where a boy/teenager is seen using a KAFO.

Blade

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120611/ Actor Kris Kristofferson was surprised when the filmmakers approached him about playing Blade's guardian and fellow vampire hunter. "The scenes where I limp around in a leg brace and fire weapons in every direction -- and hit the mark, of course -- those were new experiences for me."

Blind Witness

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096946/ 1989. Woman is trapped in her home with her husband's killers.  Male in AFO.

Blood Salvage  

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099153/ "Twisted tale about a crazy, preaching redneck named Jake who kidnaps people off the highway and performs sick medical experiments on them..."

Bloodsong
(also known as The Dreamslayer)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083660/ A psychopath escapes from a mental institution and starts a murder spree, which ends in the pursuing of a young handicapped girl. High school girl with one brace.  Good scenes.

Born on the Fourth of July

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096969/ The biography of Ron Kovic (Tom Cruise, wears leg braces for a short period of time.). Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.

Brigham City

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0268200/ In Brigham City, Dutcher -- who played a veteran missionary in God's Army -- stars as Sheriff Wes Clayton, a widower who begins his day by strapping on a leg brace as well as a gun and by reading the Bible (or perhaps the Book of Mormon) while eating his morning cereal.

Chinese Roulette

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074312/ 1976. A wealthy couple, with a daughter Angela, a young teen who walks with crutches, tells each other they are off for the weekend on business (he to Oslo, she to Milan). Actually, both are meeting their lovers, and both go to the family's county home, Traunitz castle. AFO

City Rats

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1090646/ 2009 A film about 8 damaged people who in various  ways interact in the east end of London. One, a prostitute, uses 2 KAFO leg-braces. 2009 released on DVD in the UK (region 2).

Crash

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115964/

1996. Woman in leg-braces and a back brace. leg-braces feature as a fetish. A violent film by Cronenburg. Won special prize at Cannes Film Festival. Based on the book by James Ballard (author of "Empire of the Sun"). Do not confuse with the 2006 version of Crash which is unrelated.

Crippled Bloom

http://ww.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/archive/45/45e.html One of a series of plays called "Country Matters" based on short stories by A.E Coppard and H.E.Bates. "Crippled Bloom" is by A.E.Coppard. The series was made by Granada TV and shown on British TV in 1972. TV film with Jos Ackland. Starred Pauline Collins and Joss Ackland. About 2 sisters who live together in a small seaside town, Pauline is Rose has polio and wears a long calliper. One day her older sister brings a boyfriend home and gradually he falls for the younger handicapped sister. As usual the 3 actors gave a marvelous performance as Rose learns she has much to offer as she discovers herself. The whole film shows Rose and her disability in a very natural way, working in the cottage, cooking and walking through the town in shorts, being an attactive and interesting young woman. Sometimes wrongly listed as "Crippled Rose".

Dark Horse

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104054/ Animal Melodrama - 1992, PG. Good braces are worn by a young girl (about 10) who is very convincing and could be a real brace wearer. Some good wheelchair and brace scenes.

Diagnosis Murder

TV Show, One episode has one character wearing leg braces

Dr Popaul (aka High Heels)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068492/ Mia Farrow in a leg-brace. Several good shots of her walking in it. (NB Mia Farrow had polio herself when a child). French film by director Claude Chabrol. 1972.

Earth

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0150433/ Indian film (1999) about partition of country in 1947. Young girl, about 7 years old, wears leg-brace due to Polio.Lenny a young girl aged 7-8 wears a KAFO on her left leg which is visible all through the film. A moving film, available from Amazon UK for £4.99.

Earthquake (Letter to Loretta)

1953. Iron Lung. TV series

Eden

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119049/ Excellent shots throughout the film of a very attractive woman (Joanna Going) in a leg-brace. Seen taking her brace off when going to bed twice. A film set in New England in the 1960s. Woman star uses a leg-brace due to MS. Available on DVD from Amazon.com in a multi-region edition (works OK anywhere in the world).

Fando y Lis (Fando and Lis)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061643/ 1967 Mexican film.  Valerie-Jean [junkyard temptress / woman with leg brace]. This film has a paralysed young woman Liz who is wheeled around on a card for the entire film. No braces to be seen, but there is a seen of woman using a skateboard/crutch contraption.

The Five Pennies

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052809/ The original feature length (unedited for television) film contained extensive scenes which dealt with the stages in the girls life from being in an Iron Lung, to progressing to KAFO,s and ultimately, as a teen, to a single AFO and then a very touching scene where she dances with her father without any support. Stars Danny Kaye as Red Nickles, a leader of a band named "The Five Pennies". Red's fortunes as a band leader, and as a father of a young daughter who contracts polio at about age 7 or so. 

Femme d'cote, La (1981) aka The Woman Next Door

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082370/ Actress Veronique Silver [character: Madame Odile Jouve] wears a right KAFO and walks with a single forearm crutch. She is a foil to the plot, not the female lead, but is seen more than a little.

First Steps - The Nan Davis story

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0039384/ ?  A correspondent writes: "The one I saw was a TV movie about one of Jerrold Petrofsky's Functional Electrical Stimulation patients, Nan Davis, a paraplegic. Lots of wheelchair scenes and references to life with a spinal cord injury. "Leg braces" are really limited to the apparatus to stimulate her muscles to walk and aren't traditional orthotics. The real Nan Davis supposedly appeared in at least one or two scenes. Much of the movie was a glowing account about Petrofsky and (unless I am mixing it up with another TV movie) starred Judd Hirsch as Petrofsky. Hope this helps, your website is very nice as usual!"

Forrest Gump

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109830/ The first 15 minutes of the film show the young Forrest Gump in leg-braces - very clear shots. A good film from end to end as well as being good for the brace shots.

Frida

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120679/ Story of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo played by Salma Hayek, but only a back brace scene in this DVD. An earlier version, which was made, perhaps, in the late 60's/early 70's, had quite a few scenes showing Frida wearing her callipers, one which showed her removing a gun from her thigh band. It also had scenes after her amputation, in a wheelchair, and also on crutches, I think. A far superior film, made in Mexico, or Spain. NB There was a TV broadcast in the UK in the 80s or early 90's that showed Frida as a young girl wearing KAFOs's while sitting on the floor.

Gaby: A True Story

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093067/ 1987. Rachel Lewin. The life of Gaby Brimer, a girl physically handicapped, who finally gets her goals of study and triumph. WC CP KAFOs

Galaxy Quest

The alumni cast of a cult space TV show have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. Near the end of the movie the alien commander is wearing some alien leg brace

Giant Gila Monster

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052846/ 1950s USA horror film. The lead actor, who plays a local rock star, has a sister that wears leg braces and he is trying to raise money for a new pair.

Good Bye, Dragon Inn (aka Bu jian bu san)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0377556/combined 2003 Taiwanese film directed by: Ming-liang Tsai and starring: Kang-sheng Lee; Shiang-chyi Cheng.  "The camera finally locates the ticket lady who is making tea in a small kitchenette. She limps into the picture, an elevated shoe on one foot and a leg brace on the opposite leg. Her walk has a lopsided rhythm. She climbs front stairs, back stairs and a creaky metal spiral staircase; combs the corridors; checks out the ladies room; delivers a cake to the projectionist, and checks out the buckets which are catching the rain from the leaking roof. "

Gun Crazy: A Woman From Nowhere (Episode 1)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0374688/  2002 Japanese film. "Tojo sadistically cripples Saki .." "Perhaps there is a connection between Tojo and the leg brace she wears? "

Hammers Over the Anvil

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101996/ 1991. Uastralian film. Russell Crowe film now released on DVD. An award-winning film about a boy's coming of age in a small Australian town. Alan Marshall, played by Alexander Outhred wearing leg braces, is crippled with polio and yearns to be a great horse rider like his hero, East Driscoll, a horsebreaker who lives alone but is pursued by every female in town. The arrival of Grace McCallister and her rich husband leads to an intense love affair for East and unrequited love for the young Alan. KAFO

Hector's Bunyip

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091189/ Australian children's film about a young boy with a full-length caliper on one leg, who is fostered by a family in a country town where there are stories of the bunyip, a creature in Aboriginal legend who inhabits ponds. Shots of the boy walking along in his calliper. TV film from the late 1970s or the 80s.

Homefront

TV mini series that played a few years ago.

The In Crowd

....She messes up Kelly's bike and Kelly is an accident. She barely survives but does, and has to wear a leg brace.

Inside Moves

After a failed suicide attempt leaves him partially crippled (leg brace), Rory played by John Savage begins spending a lot of time at a neighborhood bar full of interesting misfits.

Interrupted Melody

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048210/ One great scene where Marjorie is wearing braces and is lifted out of her wheelchair and placed on the set. Beautiful Eleanor Parker as opera singer Marjorie Lawrence.

The Intruder 

http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0187995/combined 1999 film directed by David Bailey. Catherine meets Nick by accident and, after a whirlwind romance, the two get married and Catherine moves... The leg-brace wearer is Molly Parker, who, as it happens, plays another calliper-wearing woman a year later in "The War Bride".

Killer Elite

Mike Locken (James Cann, is fitted with a single long leg brace after being shot in the knee by the bad guys) is one of the main members of a group of freelance spies. A significant portion of their work is for the CIA

Jane Austen's Mafia

Takeoff on the Godfather with the son of a mafia king taking over for his dying father. One scene, a spin-off from Forrest Gump, where the son is a young boy with leg braces selling flowers on the corner. A mafia king chases him and his little girlfriend is yelling Run Florist Run!

Just The Way You Are

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087525/ Shots of a young woman walking in an AFO and removing it on a bed. Some nice close-ups. Woman violinist has to wear leather/steel AFO due to a disability.

Kunwara Baap

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071730/ 1974 Indian film. Mehmood (the star) finds an abandoned boy who is affected by polio. He does not find his real parents so adopts him, and treats him like his own son, though not married himself decides to brings him up. The plot carries on with how Mehmood copes with raising the disabled child and wanting to cure the boy.

Kika

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107315/ Pedro Almodovar's film has an interesting scene of a woman in leg braces

Lad: A Dog

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056162/ 1962. A Wonder dog wins the hearts of a young child and saves his owners from danger.
Brace content not known.

Langer Gang

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107360/ German film meaning "passages" about life in a residential centre for disabled people. Written and directed by Yilmaz Arslan. 1992 German film. 79 minutes.

Lassie

TV Series. One episode has a young boy wearing a leg brace.

Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3

Leatherface is wearing a leg brace, probably due to the injury he sustained at the end of part one.

Leap of Faith

Jonas (Steve Martin) is a fraudulent faith healer, who uses all the tricks in the book to con the people attending his shows. When one of the trucks breaks down in a small town, Jonas is quick to accept the challenge of making money in this town. His other goal is to seduce Marva, a waitress in the town, but she's a hard nut to crack, as is Will, the local sheriff who's determined to expose Jonas as a fraud. Lukas Haas plays Marva's disabled brother (leg brace).

Let the Balloon Go

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074789/ 1976.Robert Bettles. A boy's first step towards manhood - like the balloon - he wants to be free! AFO

Listen To Me

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097756/ 1989. A group of college debaters learn about the world, friendships, love, dreams and family in this warm, endearing drama. Brace content?

Loretta Young Show

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045409/ USA TV show(episode of interest is #5907, A NEW STEP, 11-08-59 8208-
8F). Wears a KAFO. In one scene it's hanging on a wall. Her motions wearing the brace weren't particularly authentic, but noteworthy nonetheless. She dudn't use crutches, and falls in one scene.

The Love Boat

TV Series. One episode has a character wearing leg braces.

Listen to Me

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097756/ A female wears a left leg brace and walks with a cane. She is pictured with a brace on in a red skirt and black tights.

The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0196848/ Djibril Diop Mambety's film from Senegal. The story of Sili Laam, a young disabled girl (she wears a leg brace and uses crutches) who gets a job selling the government newspaper, The Sun, in order to support her family. Tough and fearless, she breaks gender boundaries (no girl has ever sold the papers before) and stands up to foes, be they territorial bullies or crooked cops.

Little Man Tate

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102316/ Camera zooms onto young boy in KAFO sitting on a bench in the last minutes of the film. Jody Foster film

Love on the Rocks (aka Luen ching go gup)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0409016/ 2004 Hong Kong film. "... and little Gillian in a leg brace only the heartless would not go oooh as she struggles to smile that adorable Gillian smile."

Die Manner vom K3 - Keine Chance zu gewinnen

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0141638/ Also known as "No Chance to Win". 1994 German TV film. Tatort (scene of crime) clips are from a popular German TV series.

Mad Max

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079501/ Max was shot through the right knee in Mad Max, permanently damaging his leg. He walks with a limp and wears a supportive brace on his leg. Due to the dusty conditions of the Outback, this brace tends to squeak, usually when Max is trying to be quiet. Max's bad leg also hampers his running and certainly keeps him from throwing any kicks.

The Mangler

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113762/ Very unusual braces.  Last scene sets the stage for a sequel, but have never seen.

The Men

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042727/ 1950. Marlon Brando. Marlon Brando's screen debut is a strong one and the film is very hard hitting for 1950's cinema. KAFOs

Maniac Cop 1

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095583/ 1988. In New York, a man in a cop's uniform starts killing people for no apparent reason. Woman in KAFO.

The Legend of Lylah Clare
http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0063219/ A dictatorial film director (Finch) hires an unknown actress (Novak) to play the lead role in a planned movie biography of a late, great Hollywood star. Some scenes of KAFO being worn and adjusted.

The Match

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0165384/ 1999 UK comedy. The only person who can rally the ranks is Wullie Smith (Max Beesley), a football-crazy milkman who's had callipers on his leg since a childhood injury in which his brother fell to his death.

The Mighty

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119670/ 1998? "Kevin seems like a junior Stephen Hawking in the brain department, and like the illustrious Dr. H, his body isn't working so good. He has a degenerative illness that retards his bone growth while his internal organs all keep right on going. He's in a leg brace and crutches. "

Million Dollar Mermaid

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044903/ 1952. Million Dollar Mermaid, starring the incomparable Williams, is the story of "the incomparable Annette Kellerman," an Australian swimming champion and water ballet artist who went on to perform in New York's Hippodrome. A young Annette is hampered by cumbersome leg braces. She starts swimming to strengthen her legs and before you know it, a star is born. AFO/KAFO girl - brief.

Monsieur Verdoux

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0039631/ Only a couple of short scenes with a young wife in a chair and HKFO's, but very good.  Old film. Hard to find

Music of the Heart

A film about the musician Itzach Perlman who wore an AFO due to polio.

The Naked Civil Servant

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073438/ There are two scenes in this the autobiography of Quentin Crisp, where Liz Gebhardt appears as an art student walking with a long calliper on her left leg.

Never Fear a.k.a The Young Lovers

Old film and hard to find.  Girl gets polio and goes to rehab center and falls in love.  Many real patients star in the film, but most do not use braces.  Hugh  Obrien wears HKFO's.  Great film.

Nico the Unicorn

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119782/ 1998. Co-starring Ann Archer and Michael Ontkean, Kevin Zegers plays a handicapped child who wears a leg brace.

Naked Kiss, The

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058390/ 1964. Kelly, a prostitute, shows up in the town of Grantville, where she engages in a tryst with sheriff Griff, who then tells her to get out of town. Instead, she decides to give up her illicit lifestyle, and becomes involved in working with handicapped children. KAFO kids, bit parts

Pavement

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0329490/ 2002. Browne,an Alaskan tracker goes San Fransisco to hunt his sister's killer. "Soon her supervisors and the FBI find out about the layman's help and are none too pleased. They develop both a mutual attraction and a profile for the killer. It appears to be a person who walks with a leg brace and rides the bus."

Plague

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078088/ Shots of one long leg brace. 1978 Canadian film.

Paperback Romance
(Lucky Break)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110405/ Australian film comedy about a girl with polio. Hides her disability from her boyfriend when she breaks her leg and wears a cast. Shots of KAFO.

Puppies For Sale

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0133165/ Atom Films. Won Best Short Film (family) at the Aspen Short Film Festival and tells the story of a young boy's desire to buy an ailing puppy from a pet store owner who attempts to dissuade him from doing so. When the boy suddenly kneels down to pet the ailing puppy, the pet store owner notices the boy's own leg brace and realizes an important lesson about caring and understanding.

Other Side of the Mountain (parts 1 and 2)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073496/ 1975, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078044/ 1978. Marylin Hassett. WC, KAFOs

Outside In

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082871/ Steve Dwoskin in his own leg-braces throughout the film. There is a famous dressing-up scene in which his girlfriend wears leg-braces for several minutes. Odd independent film from 1982. Hard to follow and probably not worth buying.

The Paper Boy

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0368915/ 2003. A mysterious girl in a leg brace makes it more difficult than he expected for Ben to collect for his paper route.

Palomino

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102624/ Young woman seen in hospital after accident being fitted with KAFOs and learning to walk in them. Nice white leather!

Personal Best

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084489/ Olympics star breaks her leg and needs to wear a brace.

Polly

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098106/ At the end of the movie Polly falls from a second story window and is paralysed. Several scenes of Polly in full length, white KAFOs. The final scene shows her walking with braces and crutches. 1989 Musical Version of Pollyanna (TV Movie). There is a sequel (TV Movie) called "Polly Comin' Home". Not known if there are any braces scenes in the sequel.

Rasputin

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117442/ The story of the fall of the Russian Romanov family. One of the children in the film wears a leg-brace. 1996 TV Movie.

Ride a Wild Pony

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075141/ It is about a boy who gets a horse that ends up running away, and a disabled girl (Eva Griffiths). The girl is shown in braces much of the movie along with a wheelchair. Her disability is explained as a result of polio.1976.

Resurrection

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081414/ (original Ellen Burstyn version in which she uses AFOs) After a crash, causing the death of her husband, the heroine is not able to walk. During her exercises in the clinic she suddenly feels her legs move and from that moment on she's trying to walk again, in which she succeeds. She gets not only the feeling in her legs back but also a new paranormal gift: the power to heal sick people. In a later Dana Delaney version (1999) she wears two thermoplastic KAFO's.

Rishety

Bollywood film. "....the scene where he was running in the race, and all of a sudden his leg braces broke off an he took off at full speed while Anil was yelling "Run Karan, Run Karan". That scene REALLY reminded me of the movie Forest Gump (Tom Hanks)."

Rimers of Eldritch, The

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0213198/  A series of events leads to a crippled teenage girl being raped and the town's chief undesirable being shot.

Roughly Speaking

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038038/ 1945. An old film but a good one.  The star wears a brace throughout the film as she grows to adulthood.

Room for One More

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045102/ Cary Grant and Betsy Drake are a couple who add to their existing family by adopting two kids from troubled backgrounds. Jimmy John, about 11 or 12, wears full length braces on both legs. A rather sickly-sweet 1950s film, but since Jimmy John is the main child character there are plenty of shots of him in his braces as well as glimpses of Cary Grant removing the boy's braces or strapping them onto his legs.

Running Cool

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108006/ Shows lots of Dedee Pfieffer (Michelle's sister) wearing a brace on knee including Andrew Divoff taking it off.1993 film

Saajan

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102825/ 1991 Indian film.  Sanjay Dutt plays the role of Aman a polio affected orphan who is adopted and raised by Seth Rajeev Verma.

Sentence of Their Own (?)

CINE Golden Eagle Award Winner 2001. Chronicles one family's annual pilgrimage to a New Hampshire State Prison and reveals the damaging impact incarceration has on families. Becky has a degenerative knee disorder caused by an accident she had when she was a high school student. She wears the range of motion leg brace to keep her leg from bending improperly.

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1393020/ Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll premiered in January2010 and is a biopic of Ian Dury, starring Andy Serkis in the role of Dury. The film follows Dury's rise to fame and documents his personal battle with the disability caused by polio during childhood. The effect that his disability and his lifestyle have upon his relationships is also a focal point of the film. The title of the film is derived from the classic 1977 hit, "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll".

Shadows of the Heart

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100585/ Girl with polio in KAFO. Seen wearing her brace in a love making scene with Jason Donovan. Australian TV movie with Jason Donovan (ex Neighbours soap)

Sister Kenny

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038948/ 1946. Elizabeth Kenny, as a young nurse out in the Australian bush discovers an effective treatment for polio.

Sleeping With The Devil

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120146/  A manipulative Texas businessman uses resources in high places to terrorize and subjugate former girlfriend.

Sunrise at Campobello

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054354/ 1960. Ralph Bellamy. The story of Franklin Roosevelt's polio at age 40 in 1921 and how his family cope with his illness. KAFOs and WC.

Tales From The Crypt

 TV show? Episode where a farmers wife who wears a brace murders him.

Terminal Velocity

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111400/ 1994. A maverick skydiver and a former KGB agent team up to stop the Russian mafia from stealing gold. Brace content?

There's Something About Mary

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0129387/ The ramshackle staging sometimes leaves you unsure even how to respond, as in a poorly constructed subplot involving a suitor in leg braces (that amazing clown Lee Evans).

Till Human Voices Wake Us

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0240980/ A supernatural romance, this film probes the mystifying nature of attraction, memory, identity and a ghostly past that will not go away. (Paramount Classics). Girl in a leg-brace.

Thornbirds

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085101/ Piper Laurie in double long leg-braces. TV series.

Tiny Tim

Charles Dickens novel. Some film versions have had young Tim in brace

Too Good to Be True

1998 TV movie with Neil Patrick Harris

To Kill a Clown

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069386/ 1972. A young hippie couple rent a secluded cabin on the beach in an attempt to re-connect with each other and save their marriage. Film with Alan Alda

To Live Again

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057587/

Touched by Love

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081646/ 1980 Diane Lane plays a patient at a home for disabled children who has Cerebral Palsy and sometimes uses leg braces.

Tracy Thurman Story

TV film based on a true story of women abused by spouse.

Trippin'

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0160298/ 1999. KAFOs - bit part gangster, poor fit

Trying to Kiss the Moon

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111505/ Steve Dwoskin film. KAFOs

Un Jeu Brutal

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086505/ 1983. Director Jean-Claude Brisseau. French. See 47-xx series pix.  A celebrated but disturbed biologist murders several young girls while unconsciously trying to save his crippled daughter. Now available on DVD from www.amazon.fr in a region 2 version.

Uneasy Riders (Nationale 7)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0239695/ Prize winning film about disabled people's access to sex. Main character is in a wheelchair due to a muscle wasting disease. Not seen, so not sure about leg-brace scenes, if any? French film (I believe) recently on limited release in the UK.

Unnatural Causes

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108448/ 1993 Film version of the P D James novel.
"There are only two very brief scenes of the crippled Sylvia Kedge walking with crutches and HKAFO'S, and the braces are hidden under pants and heavy socks.However, the actress Ann Lambton is quite convincing as a disabled woman, and as a bitter, unattractive woman.For a few other scenes, she's in a wheelchair, and things like the weight shifts are well done.  At the film's climax, she spends most of her time horizontal, or being carried by Our Hero.  Fairly disappointing from the devotee viewpoint".

A Very Long Engagement

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0344510/  2004 French film. 5 men wound themselves in order to avoid the fighting in the Great War. As punishment, they are left to die in non-man's land. The main heroine walks with a limp (had polio as a child) and with a built-up boot on her left leg, but no KAFO or AFO. She is seen using a wheelchair on a few occasions and lots of her walking with difficulty in her boot.

The only brace interest is a (different) young girl about 10 years old who wears a leather/metal laced-up AFO on her right leg. There is a shot of her walking a few yards early on in the film and then about 10 seconds worth with her walking towards camera along the coast of Brittany with the brace very visible.

Verschwinde von Hier
(Get outa here)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0232899/ 1999. Young boy seen wearing 2 KAFOs. German film. After the birth of her son Lukas, the 17-year-old girl hippie Janna abandons him to the loveless care of his grandmother. Left to himself, Lukas - who is handicapped by a hip ailment - discovers he has a gift: he can speak to animals. Years later, his mother brings Lukas to the city where she lives. Her boyfriend Janosch, a petty criminal, takes the boy under his wing and shows him that life can be wild and beautiful.

Warriors of Virtue

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120479/ 1997. Ryan Jeffers (Mario Yedidia) is a typical teenager who wants to be the like the sports jocks, but feels inhibited by his leg-brace. He lives vicariously through mystical martial arts stories told to him by Ming, a Chinese restaurant chef who gives him an ancient manuscript to live by.

Very Bad Things

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0124198/ 1998. A prostitute is killed during a bachelor party and the attendees turn on each other as the wedding approaches. KAFO.

Walking on Air

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0192769/ 1986 TV movie. A young paraplegic wants to escape the bonds of gravity by going into outer space.

War Bride, The

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0244297/  2001 film. Two women have whirlwind romances with two Canadian soldiers. Lily falls in love with Joe, marries him and gets pregnant almost immediately before he is sent off to fight. Lily, along with many other women in England, becomes classified as a war bride and for safety reasons emigrates to join her husband's family in Canada. Arriving with her baby daughter in Alberta, she is met with a hostile reception by her new mother-in-law (Brenda Fricker) and sister-in-law (Molly Parker) and begins a fresh, wholly alien rural life on a remote farm.

Warm Springs

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0423510/ Franklin Roosevelt later to become US president (played by Kenneth Branagh) is left a paraplegic from polio at 39 years of age and seeks out a miracle cure in the backwoods of Georgia, later to become the famous Warm Springs rehabilitation centre.

Went to Coney Island on a Mission From God... Be Back by Five

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0157182/ 1998. '' ... the brace reference is about one of the main characters who as a kid has a short leg, has an unsuccessful operation and ends up in a plastic/metal kafo.  It's shown worn on the outside of his pants in the non locked mode.  Some of the shots as he grows up have him in a knee support brace and then as an adult with a cane and a limp but no longer a brace visible."

The Weirdo

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0122800/ 1986 Directed by: Andy Milligan. A shy, awkward young boy named Donnie (Steve Burlington) is the town outcast. A group of local thugs (one appropriately wearing a confederate jacket) beat him, humiliate him and walk him around like a dog, using his belt as a leash. Donnie lives in a shack, collects junk and works as an errand boy for Miss Martins (Naomi Sherwood). One day he meets Jenny (Jessica Straus), a friendly young girl in a leg brace.

The Woman Next Door

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082370/ 1981 Veronique Silver. KAFO

WUSA

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066540/ Woman seen walking in 2 KAFOs a few times during the film. Shots are few but the views excellent.

Devotee Videos


Mellina in Braces

As the title suggests."The best brace video for devotees by far" says a reviewer.

Calipers

A 40 minute video made in the UK in the mid 1990s for leg-brace devotees. Shows a woman who has polio using her leather/steel leg-braces in various ways - putting them on, taking them off, getting up from floor etc.. Was available in mid 1980s from BC Productions, Bristol, UK but believed no longer available commercially. Occasionally excerpts surfaces on Youtube and other sites.

Sharry's Video

The video of the famous Playboy centrefold model who is now disabled but still as beautiful as ever. Shots of her in her KAFOs in various activities.

Eric Kroll's leg-brace Videos

http://www.fetish-usa.com Fetish artist's site.  Beware - adult content.

 

  

Documentary

 

Broken Wings

Documentary film by Rainer Loeder about polio sufferers in the Philippines. Released by United Movietone Pictures (Australian?).Not listed on IMDB - don't confuse with other dramas with same title!

Face Of Our Fear

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104220/ Steve Dwoskin documentary about attitudes to disability. Made for UK (Channel 4) TV in early 1990s.

A Fight to the Finish: Stories of Polio

1999 film by Phil Hall. The excellent documentary details the indefatigable efforts made to stamp out polio, providing a stunning cinematic celebration of the brilliant scientists and researchers who neutralized its threat and the many brave men and women who survived the disease and prospered to enjoy full lives. This is the rare documentary which turns history in a provocative action-adventure, rich with brilliant heroes in a life-or-death struggle to put an end to the greatest disease in modern society.

Fight for Freedom

1951 March of Dimes Armed forces film with Bob Hope. Narrated by Paul Kelly

First Steps

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0039384/  1947 documentary.

A Paralyzing Fear

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0145302/ The story of polio in the USA in the 20th century. Also available as a book.

Out of Sight

http://www.bl.uk/collections/sound-archive/disability.html Channel 4 (UK) TV series on physical disability 1900-1950. Made about 15 years ago. Was also available as a book. Includes shots of disabled people in leg-braces during the first half of the 20th century.

Reach for Fitness

A workout video for the disabled by Richard Simmons

Steps of the Way

http://www.lifelikefilms.com/lifelikefilms_morocco.html Life Like Films 2003. Filmmakers Todd Herman and Francis Kohler recently travelled to Morocco explore the day to day struggles of living with a physical disability in an environment where the disability movement is still in its infancy.

Children of the Iron Lung

Channel 4 (UK) TV documentary about the rather slow to start fight against polio in the UK in the 1950s and the resulting paralysis of thousands of children and adults. Not yet available on video. A quality documentary.

Tour of FDR's Little White House

Story of the Warm Springs polio centre in Georgia. USA

FDR - The War Years

FDR in WWII.

Modern Marvels

The story of the polio vaccine.

Polio Vaccine

http://www.historychannel.com/classroom/admin/study_guide/archives/thc_guide.0590.html History Channel video from the series "Modern Marvels" on the defeat of polio

Polio - The Last Word

http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/polio.html Prix Leonardo, Italy, 1997 -- Special Prize for Best Co-production; 46th Annual Columbus International Film & Video Festival, U.S., 1998 (Bronze Plaque). USA distributor is Bullfrog Films.

  
  



















































































































































































































































































































  
  
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