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I Am the Cheese (1983)

 -  Drama | Fantasy  -  11 November 1983 (USA)
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A teenage lad struggles to piece together his reality following a traumatic event.

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Adam Farmer
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Betty Farmer
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David Farmer
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Dr. Brint
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Amy Hertz
Lee Richardson ...
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Arnold
Sudie Bond ...
Edna
Frank McGurran ...
Young Adam
Russell P. Goslant ...
Gardener
Robert Cormier ...
Mr. Hertz
Dorothea MacNaughton ...
Produce Lady
Milford Keene ...
Harvester
Joey Jerome ...
Whipper
Ronnie Bradbury ...
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Adapted from the Robert Cormier novel. This film follows the life of a young boy whose happy, if somewhat unusual life with his friends and family, gradually starts to unravel until the truth of his situation is finally revealed. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Only movie to feature real-life family unit (former spouses), Don Murray and Hope Lange, and their son Christopher Murray. See more »

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Mr. Grey: Confinement to continue until termination procedures are authorized.
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Leave It Alone
Words and Music by Michael Barnard
Sung by Melissa Eddy
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Terrible film -- book deserves a remake
2 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The people who made I Am The Cheese disregarded the atmosphere of the original novel. The movie is bright and cheery. The interrogation scenes take place in a well-lit, normal-looking office. The doctor is basically nonthreatening. The drama of Adam's situation is underplayed and subdued, and the movie insults the book by adding an ending that fits the movie's sanitized view of the story. A new version of this film would be really cool, if any studio had the initiative to take on the project. Since the cast is so small and the story requires little in the way of special effects, an independent production could work out very well. Today's audiences would probably react well to a version of I Am The Cheese that stays true to the style of the book -- dark, threatening, and mysterious. It's a shame nobody's bothered to dig up the rights.


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