Top Diabetic Movies

by Mark Benson on February 7, 2012

Movies and insulin pens

Diabetes is renowned as a worldwide affliction, nearing pandemic proportions because many of its victims remain undiagnosed or if diagnosed, refuse to comply with both lifestyle and drug regimens. The following are the movies that have depicted diabetics on the silver screen.

Steel Magnolias. This movie was released in 1989 and had a power packed cast of Sally Fields, Dolly Parton, Olympia Dukakis and then relative unknown Julia Roberts. It depicted a small town group of women trying to cope with everyday difficulties. One of the most powerful scenes involving a diabetic is Julia Roberts portrayal, where beads of sweat on her lips and brow, fighting off the urgings of her mother Sally Fields during a particularly harrowing hypoglycemic episode in the town’s center, Truvy’s Salon. This scene remains to be the most powerful depiction of a diabetic’s life in a major motion picture.

Con Air. This movie was released in 1997 and it depicted the event wherein a group of inmates hijacked the prison plane that was transporting them. Amongst its stars are Nicolas Cage, Mykelti Willamson and John Malkovich. Both Cage and Williamson’s characters were also being transported on the maximum security plane as it carried the world’s most dangerous criminals. Because of the skyjacking, Williamson’s character, Baby O, was not able to receive the scheduled insulin shot and the syringes on board were damaged during the fight scenes on the plane. This was one of the main motivations for Cage’s character to fight and restore order on the plane for his freedom.

Panic Room. This film featuring Jodie Foster, Forrest Whitaker and Kristin Stewart was released in 2002. The movie revolves around the purchase of a brownstone apartment in New York with a built in panic room. This room is a secure area in the house that is self contained and able to protect the homeowners from home invaders. This particular event occurred when the group of Whitaker entered the home and sought to enter the panic room where what the home invaders were seeking. Another added twist to the story is Stewart, the daughter of Foster in the film, suffering from juvenile diabetes. During one of the most thrilling sequences, mother was trying to get the glucagon kit for an episode of hypoglycemia while avoiding the home invaders.

As diabetics become all the more prevalent in the world, they become part and parcel of every day life. While television shows and movies are said to be depictions of real life, do expect more and more films to include diabetics in their storylines.


The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of the DiabetesForum.com Community and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please see your doctor before making any changes to your diabetes management plan.

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