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Tim (1979)

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A somewhat mentally handicapped 20-year-old man works as a laborer, but everyone abuse his naiveté. A nice 40-year-old American woman hires him one day and they become close. However, the town and his family see her as predatory.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Horton
Tim Melville
Alwyn Kurts ...
Ron Melville
Pat Evison ...
Em Melville
Peter Gwynne ...
Tom Ainsley
Dawnie Melville
David Foster ...
Mick Harrington
Michael Caulfield ...
John Harrington
Margo Lee ...
Mrs. Harrington
James Condon ...
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Brenda Senders ...
Mrs. Porter
Kevin Leslie ...
Curly Campbell
Allan Penney ...
Mr. Thompson
Brian Barrie ...
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Geoff Usher ...


Tim is a young man with below average intelligence. He works as a builder's labourer, and is often taken advantage of by his fellow workers and other people. Mary asks Tim to work around her yard for a day. The day stretches into a few weekends, and the two soon become good friends. Some people, however, are suspicious of their friendship which seems to be continually strengthening, accusing Mary of taking advantage of Tim's innocence. Will changing circumstances in Tim's family life change his relationship with Mary? Written by Murray Chapman <>

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A chance meeting. An impossible love story come true. See more »


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13 July 1979 (Australia)  »

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Tim - Anjos de Aço  »

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Writer/director Michael Pate was so impressed with Piper Laurie's performance as the title character in '_Ruby (1977)_' that he sought her out to star as Mary Horton in this film. See more »


The boom and the shadow of the boom operator follow Mary out of her kitchen in the bottom right of the screen at the beginning of the film. See more »


Ron Melville: Shut up, or i'll flatten ya!
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An Extremely Tender Love Story
1 September 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tim is the first movie I ever seen with Mel Gibson. He portrays the character of a retarded young man to perfection. I was so impressed with the concept of the story that I bought the book and read it twice. The innocent child-like love between the characters of Tim and Mary Horton (Piper Laurie)is very refreshing. You will laugh, as well as cry, while you see the characters come to life and grow before your eyes. These two lonely people are placed in a situation where they genuinely really need each other. There is another movie that is based upon the story: "Mary & Tim", which stars Candice Bergen of the sitcom "Murphy Brown". You might want to give that one a look see as well.

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