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Little Man Tate (1991)

PG | | Drama | 1 November 1991 (USA)
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Dede is a sole parent trying to bring up her son Fred. When it is discovered that Fred is a genius, she is determined to ensure that Fred has all the opportunities that he needs, and that ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Lee ...
Matt Montini
Nathan Lee ...
Matt's Teammate
Miss Nimvel
Danitra Vance ...
Clinic Doctor
Garth (as David Pierce)
Richard Fredette ...
Winston F. Buckner
Jennifer Trier ...
Grierson Institute Teacher
John Bell ...
Joey X


Dede is a sole parent trying to bring up her son Fred. When it is discovered that Fred is a genius, she is determined to ensure that Fred has all the opportunities that he needs, and that he is not taken advantage of by people who forget that his extremely powerful intellect is harboured in the body and emotions of a child. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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It's not what he knows. It's what he understands.




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Release Date:

1 November 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mentes que brillan  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)


$25,010,896 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Jodie Foster became director after Joe Dante left due to creative differences. See more »


Continuity: When Fred is on the five-day trip with Jane, he goes into her office at her home, leaving the sliding door open, and the light outside the room is on (39:22). After returning a book and speaking with Miss Grierson about photos of her parents, he starts toward the door to leave, and the light is off (41:09). Then, in a longer shot of Fred sliding the door closed, it's back on again (41:14). See more »


[first lines]
Fred Tate: It's funny, cause I *think* I can even remember being born. For the first two weeks of my life I didn't even have a name. Dede couldn't make up her mind. She finally decided on Fred. She said that she had never heard of a little kid named Fred before.
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Referenced in 2 Broke Girls: And the Cronuts (2013) See more »


What The World Needs Now Is Love
Lyrics by Hal David
Music by Burt Bacharach
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21 April 2007 | by (.: Fiendish Writings in the Dark :.) – See all my reviews

This work presents the challenges of raising a gifted child. It is never a easy as it seems, raising a child who is more intellectual than you are - a fact wrenchingly portrayed herein. The emotional needs of these children often go unattended, as the parents usually struggle to satisfy the intellectual needs.

Jodie Foster gives a fantastic performance as a mom under the aforementioned circumstances.

Many may consider the ending weak, if they are unable to demonstrate the ability to see beyond the story itself. If you can, then this work is well done and offers hope in the end.

I found it a bit better than mildly entertaining, but it's not something I will want to watch again.

It rates a 6.7/10 from...

the Fiend :.

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