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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John Harrington
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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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In her 2011 autobiography, Learning to Live Out Loud: A Memoir, Piper Laurie revealed that she and Mel Gibson had a one-night stand while on the set, despite their almost-25-year age difference and the fact that she was married at the time. 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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Possibly the most unknown film Mel has done...
16 March 1999 | by (peoria, arizona) – See all my reviews

"Tim" is possibly the most unknown and under-rated of all the films Mel Gibson has done. It is certainly one of the best and proved, quite early in his career, that he knows his craft very well and is well able to carry off a challenging role to perfection. The title character, Tim, is seeking to know the adult world around him without an adults' understanding of the subtilties of life. Mel Gibson plays the part to perfection, neither feeling sorry for himself nor being so crass as to portray this child/man as "cute and silly". He is simple, "Not the full quid", as Tim puts it. But he feels all of an adults needs and finds the person to explain life to him in a way he can understand. Piper Laurie, as Mary, becomes the most important person in Tim's life; and she plays the role with a kindness and compassion usually not seen in today's actors. This film is a must for anyone concerned with raising and educating a child with the challenge of a mental handicap. One could hope that Mel will do more movies of this type, with the love and understanding and true actor's ability he shows in this, his second movie.


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