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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Mary Horton
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Tim Melville
Alwyn Kurts ...
Ron Melville
Pat Evison ...
Em Melville
Peter Gwynne ...
Tom Ainsley
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Dawnie Melville
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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 ...
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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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Tim - Anjos de Aço  »

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When Piper Laurie's character comes outside to read while 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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Excellent, modest love story
1 January 2005 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent, modest story of love between a young, simple man (Mel Gibson) and Mary, a successful, older woman (Piper Laurie).

Director Michael Pate deftly explores the way love deepens without contrivance or adherence to pre-set plot points. Tim is a member of a close-knit family who are all moving away from him -- his sister via marriage, his father via death.

As these changes occur in Tim's life (he is mildly mentally retarded), he is drawn inexplicably but naturally into an unconventional relationship that brings strength and awareness to his life.

Gibson and Laurie are both brilliant in their respective roles, as is the late, great Australian actor Alwyn Kurts, who plays Tim's father and bestows on the character great depth and dimension.

A wonderful, moving film.


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