Movies Highlighting Diabetes

Alma (1997)
Documentary film in which main subject has diabetes.

Big Nothing (2006)
Agent Hymes, nicknamed The Eye, has diabetes and the lead characters decide to kill him by forcing him to eat sugar until he dies.

Bread & Roses (2000)
Character Rosa is married to man who has diabetes and there is financial hardship because of it.

Brokedown Palace (1999)
Father of main character Alice has diabetes.

Chocolat (2000)
Judi Dench portrays a grandmother with diabetes. "At the end, through the metaphor of chocolate, people are able to embrace a free lifestyle and sexual freedom and reject repression of all kinds. And that wasn't available to the woman with diabetes. Well, it was, but at a price," she says of Dench's character, who dies of complications from diabetes presumably brought on by hanging out in the chocolate shop instead of adhering to a healthier diet.

Click (2006)
Henry Winkler plays Ted, the father of Adam Sandler's main character Michael Newman. Ted has diabetes.

Con Air (1997)
A prison parolee, played by Nicolas Cage, and another convict, whom he befriends, are being transported on a maximum-security plane with some of the country's most dangerous criminals. After the plane is skyjacked, Baby O, who has diabetes, doesn't receive a scheduled insulin shot, and his syringes are destroyed during in-flight chaos.

Derailed (2005)
Lead male character's daughter has diabetes and third kidney transplant has failed.

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
The bank manager has diabetes.

Gubra (2006)

It Runs in The Family (2003)
Wife of Kirk Douglas character has diabetes and is on dialysis.

Jerry and Tom (1998)

La Dbandade (aka Hard Off) (1999)
Lead male character has diabetes.

Mad Money (2008)
When Character Jackie Truman (Katie Holmes) drops her purse, an insulin needle is among the items co-workers Bridget Cardigan (Diane Keaton) and Nina Brewster (Queen Latifah) help her to retrieve. Unaware of Jackie's diabetes, they assume she is a drug addict. Go-with-the-flow Jackie never corrects them, feeling that their show of concern makes the deception worthwhile.

Meeting Daddy (2000)

Memento (2000)
Main character's wife has diabetes and is killed by his giving her overdose of insulin shots.

Nothing in Common (1986)
Jackie Gleason portrays the father, a man who's estranged from his family while grappling with his diagnosis.

Panic Room (2002)
The young character, Sarah, has diabetes and experiences an episode of low blood glucose (hypoglycemia) while trapped in the panic room with her mother.

Phonies Beware! (1956)
Short film in FDA launches investigation after diabetes patient dies after using a drug claimed to be a cure for diseases such as diabetes.

Scarecrow Gone Wild (2004)
Teen with diabetes goes into diabetic coma during hazing incident and becomes killer scarecrow.

Soul Food (1997)
Family matriarch Mamma Jo has diabetes.

Species (1995)
Natasha Henstridge plays a half human/half alien creature who is grown on earth, but escapes and attempts to produce offspring with various men. She finds one man she thinks might be a potential mate, but kills him after she realizes he has a genetic flaw — diabetes.

Steel Magnolias (1989)
Many moviegoers recall Julia Roberts in the movie with beads of sweat on her lip and brow, fighting an offer of orange juice from Sally Field during a severe hypoglycemic episode in Truvy's Salon. It was arguably the most famous scene depicting a person with diabetes in a major motion picture.

The General (1998)
The true story of Martin Cahill, a famous Irish gangster, played by Brendan Gleeson, who has type II diabetes.

The Godfather III (1990)
Character Michael Corleone has diabetes.

The Next Three Days (2010)
Russell Crowe plays John Brennan, a loyal husband and father desperate to free his wrongly imprisoned wife (played by Elizabeth Banks). She has diabetes, which plays a major role in his escape plan.

The Witches (1990)
The grandmother, Helga, is diagnosed with diabetes.

Warlock (1989)
Character Kassandra is a type I person with diabetes. Her syringe in the end helps destroy the warlock.

Test your diabetes fame trivia!

This list is in no way exhaustive. There are more movies than even we can suss out, so if you know of a movie that should go on this list, send us an email at Tell us the name of the movie and, if you can remember, how diabetes was mentioned.

Last Modified Date: September 26, 2013

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by Brenda Bell
Years before I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, The Other Half came out of a doctor's appointment with a diagnosis of "borderline diabetes" and an ADA exchange diet sheet. His health insurance agency followed up on the diagnosis with a glucometer and test strips. After a year or so of trying to follow the diet plan and test his glucose levels, things appeared to be back in "normal" range, and stood there until a couple of years after my own diagnosis. Shortly...
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