Tim (1979)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  13 July 1979 (Australia)
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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 ...
Mr. Harrington
Brenda Senders ...
Mrs. Porter
Kevin Leslie ...
Curly Campbell
Allan Penney ...
Mr. Thompson
Brian Barrie ...
Dr. Perkins
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 <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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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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Veteran actor Ray Barrett can be seen as an extra walking towards camera as Tim's sister's family exit a taxi when meeting her fiancé's parents. 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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"Tim" is a little gem - sincere. real, beautifully-acted unlikely love
7 May 2005 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

MovieAddict2005 painted a very cruel picture of a very sensitive picture.. Mel Gibson's feeling for the not-too-bright, but likable character Tim was a great tribute to the all-round acting talent of a man too easily typecast as an action actor. Piper Laurie was as ever a joy to watch in the difficult part of "the older woman" and endured ageism , (possibly exhibited a little by MovieAddict2005) with dignity, as did Gibson's character against narrow-minded people who are more "retarded" than he is..

The growing love between them - which came from nowhere, as it should -was as beautiful and real as acting can get.

If the overall production was modest, that's OK. Hollywood is not necessarily the best presenter of simple yet complex human conflict and pain.Australian movies, as shown by such as "Mariel's Wedding" (yes, I know about the spelling) have moved on since the uncomfortable silences of the wooden TV series "Spy Force" and the sheer embarrassment of the "cult" "The Outback"

The Yahoo Movies (sorry!) review described "Tim" as "superb". Rightly Though I dislike numeric ratings, I was asked for one - I gave 7/10. If this sounds low, I'd give the marvellous "The Elephant Man" only 9, even though it has the most moving moment in movie history - the close-up of Anthony Hopkins' face when he realises Merrick could read. You could feel the tears in his eyes as they came to your own. "Tim"'s close-ups could not hope to match this, but they were quietly stunning

No film has ever got 10 - perfection doesn't exist. I would score even Citizen Kane, the greatest of all, 9.5. But "Tim" gets 9/10 for sincerity

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