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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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Tim Melville
Alwyn Kurts ...
Ron Melville
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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A chance meeting. An impossible love story come true. See more »

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Colleen McCullough's Tim  »

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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Tim Melville: [Excitedly] Did ya hear that? I'm going to the beach with Mary!
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One of My Top Ten
18 April 2004 | by (Roma, Texas) – See all my reviews

Caught this film on cable, late night, a few years back. No idea what to expect, just wasn't ready to go to bed. By the time it ended, it was in my Top 10 of all time. Certainly the lowest budgeted film (accounting for inflation, anyway) on that list.

Gibson was terrific, capturing a handicapped young man perfectly. But, hey, the entire cast was great, especially Awyn Kurts as Tim's father. And, after appreciating Piper Laurie for years and years, that night I fell in love with her.

I've never seen such a "tight" little film. I doubt that there were more than 12 seconds of even semi-wasted frames. Michael Pate did an amazing job.


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