In Hollywood, where glamour, physical beauty and talent are of great advantage, the subject of disability is very rarely explored. When the movie industry do decide to give viewers a glimpse into the lives of people suffering from any form of disability, the film usually garners critical acclaim and is often greeted with Academy Awards.

It’s a shame that the many facets of disability is not often examined. The subject is fascinating and it doesn’t stretch credulity like a lot of other film plots. Millions of people worldwide are inflicted with some form of disability.

Some of our most beloved stars had some sort of disability. Actor Lionel Barrymore was a victim of arthritis and spent his later years in a wheelchair. Although, Lionel was crippled with pain, he never let his mobility hindrance his career or lifestyle. Other stars like, Marilyn Monroe, James Stewart, Elvis Presley, Anthony Quinn and James Earl Jones, lived with a lifelong speech impediment, known as stuttering. Being a stutterer myself, I know that it proposes an obstacle, and it can be difficult at times when you want to speak, but being the professionals that they were, they never let their stuttering affect their career.

As what Robin stated in her 2016 announcement post, disabled characters run the gamut from the sympathetic to the heinous, the monstrous to the victorious. Some portrayals of disabled characters are well developed and three dimensional; others, whether heroic or wicked, are sadly lacking in depth.

To pay tribute to those on-screen characters or real life film stars who have endured any form of disability, Robin from Pop Culture Reverie and myself from In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood are hosting the 2nd addition of the Disability In Film Blogathon, which Robin launched solo two years ago.


Before we go any further, there are some ground rules that must be adhered to. 

1. Entries must cover some topic related to disability in film, excluding mental illness or terminal illness.

2. No more than two duplicate entries per person. Please check the roster to see what topics have been claimed.

3. If you want to do more than one post, that’s fine, but our limit is, no more than three posts per person.

4. No previously published material. All entries must be newly posted.

5. Since October is Disability Awareness Month, the Blogathon will take place on October 24th – 26th, 2018.

6. Posts must feature one of the banners below and a link back to the blogathon post on either my blog or Pop Culture Reverie.

7. To express your interest in participating in the blogathon, leave a comment on my blog, along with the name and URL of your blog, and the subject you wish to cover, or you can always register by email at: or For those of you who wish to register by email, please be sure to include the name and URL of your blog, and the topic you wish to cover. We look forward to having you join us in October.


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In The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood : The stars who stuttered, The Spiral Staircase ( 1946 ) and TBD.

Pop Culture Reverie : The Sessions & The Lookout. 

Cinematic Scribblings : Immortal Love ( 1961 )

The Stop Button : My Left Foot ( 1989 )

The Midnight Drive-In : The X-Men movies or possibly I Borg. 

Real Reegie Midget Reviews : The Rain Man ( 1988 )

I Found It At The Movies : The King’s Speech ( 2010 )

Old Hollywood Films : The life of Harold Russell.

Critica Retro : Lucky Star ( 1929 )

Poppity : What’s Eating Gilbert Grape ( 1993 )

Taking Up Room : Mr. Holland’s Opus ( 1995 )

The Wonderful World of Cinema : Charly ( 1968 )

I Came From The Man Cave : Monkey Shines ( 1988 )

18 Cinema Lane : Bucky Barnes and Matthew Rogers: Paralleling Stories of Disability.

Pure Entertainment Preservation Society : The River ( 1951 )

Silver Screen Classics : A Patch of Blue ( 1965 )



  1. Pingback: Announcing the 2nd Disability in Film Blogathon! | Pop Culture Reverie

  2. Just a nitpicking point, but if you are excluding mental illness why is one of the banners from “Forrest Gump”?

    In a sense, every character in the X-Men movies is disabled in some form or another, so are those acceptable? Another possibility is a focus on Geordie La Forge from Star Trek Next Generation. In an effort to narrow it down to a manageable blog entry I would just focus on the episode “I, Borg”.


      1. You two need to get a room…:-D But I’d like to pop in real quick and claim a movie in advance if you do the prison/prison escape theme. Papillon with Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman (and possibly a comparison to the remake coming out next week, if I like it.)


  3. Hi Crystal! I would like to participate in this blogathon! Because the description, on Pop Culture Reverie, for this blogathon discusses the portrayals of disability from film and TV, I would like to write an editorial about how two different characters (one from a movie franchise and one from a television show) share similarities in backstories and how they live their lives with a disability. My favorite character from Little House on the Prairie is Matthew Rogers, who is non-verbal, and my favorite superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is Bucky Barnes, who is an amputee. After watching Captain America: The Winter Soldier for the first time, Bucky’s backstory and some of the situations he went through in that movie reminded me of Matthew Rogers’ backstory and the episode Matthew appeared in; The Wild Boy Parts 1 and 2. Even though Matthew and Bucky are two very different characters whose stories are told in two different time periods, they do share a number of similarities.

    18 Cinema Lane


  4. You could write “Bucky Barnes and Matthew Rogers: Paralleling Stories of Disability” since, as I previously mentioned, I will be writing an editorial about how these two characters have similar backstories and we, as the audience, get to see how they live their lives with a disability.


  5. Hi! Been absent from writing for a little while and would love to get back into the swing of things. I am sure this has been written about in previous blogathon but would love to write about A Patch Of Blue (1965) if that’s ok? Look forward to reading some great entries as well! Regards, Paul


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