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Top Five Movies with an Amputee Heroine

Updated on June 9, 2014

These movies were suggested to me by friends. Most of them I have not watched as of yet. So, a big thanks to my friends for gathering these titles!

I was surprised by how few movies there were to choose from. It seems as though female characters with disabilities are under represented. It is much easier to find male characters with various disabilities.

If you know of more movies with heroines who are also amputees, I hope that you'll let me know in the comments!

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These movies were recommended by comment or other feedback

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1260682/ Prelude to Happiness

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0478525/ Delicate Crime

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0204505/ This is Noriko

NUMBER FIVE

Romeo is Bleeding

The critics for this movie are harsh. Though it has great actors in it, most people seem to agree that it is over the top and melodramatic.

Here's part of the description from Wikipedia:

Jack Grimaldi, a corrupt cop who does favors for the Mafia in exchange for large fees, has a loving wife, Natalie, and an adoring mistress, Sheri. He thinks he has it all, until both the cops and mob are outwitted by a sociopathic Russian mob assassin named Mona Demarkov.

...Although he obtains phony papers for her, she refuses to pay and attempts to strangle him. He shoots and seriously wounds her, then tries to drive away with her handcuffed in the back seat. Mona escapes by hooking her legs around his neck, causing him to crash the car. She slithers out through the shattered windshield without ever freeing her hands.

Mona lures Jack to an abandoned warehouse. He again attempts to kill her but is tricked into shooting Sheri instead. Mona fixes the corpse so as to suggest that it was she, and not Sheri, who died. (Her scheme involves severing her own arm and substituting it for Sheri's.)

-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romeo_Is_Bleeding

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NUMBER FOUR

The Horse Whisperer

I gather from what I've read about this movie that the healing plot line is somewhat secondary to the love plot line between the mother and the horse whisperer.

From Wikipedia:

Teenager Grace MacLean (Scarlett Johansson) and her best friend Judith (Kate Bosworth) go out early one winter's morning to ride their horses, Pilgrim and Gulliver. As they ride up an icy slope, Gulliver slips and hits Pilgrim. Both horses fall, dragging the girls onto a road and colliding with a truck. Judith and Gulliver are killed, while Grace and Pilgrim are both severely injured. Grace, left with a partially amputated right leg, is bitter and withdrawn after the accident. Meanwhile, Pilgrim is traumatized and uncontrollable to the extent that it is suggested he be put down. Grace's mother, Annie (Kristin Scott Thomas), a strong-minded but workaholic magazine editor, refuses to allow Pilgrim to be put down, sensing that somehow Grace's recovery is linked with Pilgrim's.

-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_horse_whisperer

NUMBER THREE

Tristana

I had never heard of this one! It's a Spanish language film, though the actors are French and Italian. Apparently their voices were dubbed into Spanish.

From Wikipedia:

Tristana is an orphan adopted by nobleman don Lope Garrido. Don Lope falls in love with her and thus treats her as daughter and wife from the age of 19. But, by age 21 Tristana starts finding her voice, to demand to study music, art and other subjects with which she wishes to become independent. She meets the young artist Horacio Díaz, falls in love, and eventually leaves Toledo to live with him. When she falls ill, she returns to don Lope. The illness results in her losing a leg, which changes her prospects

-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tristana

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Number Two

A Zed and Two Noughts

Another one I had not heard of until my friends told me about it, it looks like a very quirky and off-beat film.

From Wikipedia:

Twin zoologists Oswald and Oliver Deuce (Brian Deacon and Eric Deacon) are at work studying the behavior of animals at a zoo, when their wives are killed in a car accident involving a large swan. The woman who was driving the car, Alba Bewick (Andréa Ferréol), is not killed, but she sustains enough damage to warrant the amputation of a leg.

-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Zed_And_Two_Noughts

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NUMBER ONE

Soul Surfer

This is a new-ish movie based on a true story of a girl who recovered from a shark attack and continued surfing. My understanding is that there is a strong Christian message to this story.

Descriptions of it are chock full of words like "inspirational" "overcoming" "courageous" and others that make me worry that this movie is probably way too sickly sweet.

From Wikipedia:

A 2011 American drama film about the life of surfer Bethany Hamilton. At the age of thirteen, Hamilton lost her arm to a shark attack. The film details the events surrounding this attack and her struggle during the aftermath.

-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soul_Surfer_(film)

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What movies am I missing?

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      PriyabrataSingh 3 years ago

      Thanks for the fighting spirit and motivation.

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      RuthMadison 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I don't know them! Thanks for the suggestions, will check it out.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What about Planet Terror (2007) or Boxing Helena (1993) ?

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      RuthMadison 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Well I haven't seen Mr. Deeds, but Men of Honor is on my page for amputee heroes, not heroines. Not many women in that film!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What about mr.deeds? or Men of Honor????

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      Great lens, nicely done! Squidlike

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Oops, there's also another link here for the production company that put the film out: http://www.chinamediainc.com/ (in English). It has a longer (but apparently silent) trailer at http://www.chinamediainc.com/invisible-wings . This film was screened at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and is apparently based on a true story. Anyway, thought I'd include this link as well!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Oops, sorry, the ????? in the 3rd line was meant to be the Chinese characters for Yin Xing De Chi Bang. I guess squidoo doesn't do Chinese!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I nearly forgot about a 2007 Chinese film that I haven't seen yet but which is one of those rare films about an amputee starring an amputee. The Chinese title is "Yin Xing De Chi Bang (é±å½¢çç¿è)", or in English, "Invisible Wings". The film is about a girl who loses her arms as a result of electrical shock and then it shows her struggles as she learns to accept her new body and to do things differently, deal with her mother's mental illness, and go back to school, and then as she becomes a champion Paralympic swimmer. It stars Lei Qingyao (or in the English name order, Qingyao Lei) as lead character Zhi Hua. The IMDb page can be found at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1573843/ and if you read Chinese or translate the page via http://translate.google.com, you can see official pages for the film at http://blog.sina.com.cn/invisiblewingshx and http://data.ent.sina.com.cn/movie/5785.html and a film trailer with English subtitles can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vV8aR23H4h4. I haven't figured out how to get a copy of the film yet, with OR without subtitles, but I'm working on it! It looks phenomenal and I believe it has won at least one award. The theme song is pretty great too. The theme song lyrics and English translation can be found here: http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Yin_Xing_De_Chi_Bang_(so... and a video of singer Angela Zhang singing the song with English subtitles can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XeceYmFjsk.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've seen a couple that I might add to the list (and a guilty pleasure film which isn't terribly PC but it's fun to watch).

      1) What's Bugging Seth (2005) features Amy Purdy, who is a double below knee amputee in real life, as Alma, one of two romantic interests for lead character, Seth, who is deaf. Much of this film focuses on the disabled characters trying to fit into a non-disabled world, so it isn't for everyone, but Amy Purdy is beautiful and believable and compelling and one of the very few amputee actresses I've seen out there. This is her only feature-length film, though, as her primary career is as a competitive snowboarder.

      2) The Devil's Backbone (2001), a Guillermo del Toro film set in 1939 during the Spanish Civil War, features Carmen (Marisa Paredes) as the head of a Spanish orphanage in imminent danger as a result of the war. Carmen is a leg amputee who uses her prosthetic leg to hide things she does not want thieves or the authorities (often one and the same) to find. Carmen is a fully realized, well-developed character with a romantic and sexual life as well as a professional and political life in the film. This is an excellent film all around in typical Guillermo del Toro fashion.

      And my guilty pleasure film which is neither PC nor realistic but fun to watch from time to time is "Deuce Bigalow, Male Gigolo" (1999), featuring Arija Bareikis as Kate, a single leg amputee who is Deuce's main love interest in the film. Not PC or realistic at all whatsoever, but the female romantic lead is an amputee character, which is a rarity in film.

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      RuthMadison 5 years ago

      @anonymous: You are absolutely right! I'll add that in at the top. Thanks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      missing is Grindhouse: Planet Terror