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Tim (1979)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 13 July 1979 (Australia)
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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Pat Evison ...
Em Melville
Peter Gwynne ...
Tom Ainsley
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Dawnie Melville
David Foster ...
Mick Harrington
Michael Caulfield ...
John Martinson
Margo Lee ...
Mrs. Harrington
James Condon ...
Mr. Harrington
Brenda Senders ...
Mrs. Parker
Kevin Leslie ...
Curly
Allan Penney ...
Mr. Thompson
Brian Barrie ...
Dr. Perkins
Geoff Usher ...
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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 <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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When Piper Laurie's character comes outside to read whilst Tim is working in the yard, the book she is reading is "The Thorn Birds", written by Colleen McCullough, the same author as "Tim". When Tim joins her for tea he asks if the book is any good, and she responds that it is very interesting. Several years later, Piper Laurie had a role in the TV miniseries that was made out of The Thorn Birds. See more »

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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 »

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Ron Melville: Shut up, or i'll flatten ya!
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Version of Mary & Tim (1996) See more »

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Not bad....
6 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the better films I have seen starring Mel Gibson. A low budget, Australian film, made in the late seventies, it is a real change from his usual offerings. The basic plot outline (promise I won't spoil! :)) is that Gibson plays the title role of Tim, a 24 year-old man who is slightly mentally retarded. Piper Laurie excels as 'Mary Horton' a successful forty-something widow who takes a romantic interest in Tim, but is unsure if a relationship will work.

The thing that struck me about this movie was it's basic principle. It is not uncommon for rich, forty-something men to be seen with attractive, supposedly less-intelligent women. 'Tim' turns this on its head having a rich, older woman hooking up with an attractive, less intelligent younger man. Society frowns on the latter form relationship, I'm not sure why, and it adds an interesting angle to the story.

The only complaint about the film is the ending. They had such a fantastic idea but the movie just...ends. Loose ends are left and to be honest it seemed tacked on or just plain rushed.

It is a good, heartwarming film with a few weepy bits and one-or-two good ideas not explored well enough but still entertaining nonetheless.


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