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Little Man Tate (1991)

PG | | Drama | 1 November 1991 (USA)
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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Alex Lee ...
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Matt Montini
Nathan Lee ...
Matt's Teammate
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Miss Nimvel
Danitra Vance ...
Clinic Doctor
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Garth (as David Pierce)
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Gina
Richard Fredette ...
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Winston F. Buckner
Jennifer Trier ...
Grierson Institute Teacher
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John Bell ...
Joey X
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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 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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1 November 1991 (USA)  »

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Mentes que brillan  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$25,010,896 (USA)
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Jodie Foster asked David Hyde Pierce to appear in the film after remembering him from college. They both attended Yale University. See more »

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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 »

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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 Baby on Board (1992) See more »

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Brahms' Liebesliederwalzer
Musc by Johannes Brahms (as Brahms)
Performed by Ensemble Vocal Michel Piquemal with Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
Conducted by Armin Jordan
Courtesy of Erato Disques
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Treads the fine line of sap, but doesn't cross it.
6 February 1999 | by (Bay Area) – See all my reviews

Little Man Tate is a very good movie. Jodie Foster's debut as a filmmaker shows a little boy genius, who we've all seen before. The difference is the little boy is human, and not just a brain. He worries about people dying, envies the popular athletic boy, all the while plays music in competition form and forms math problems on his head. The conflict between Jodie Foster, the mother, and Dianne Wiest, the child genius grown up, is somewhat annoying, but it makes sense, as they are both extremes of parenting. The child in this movie plays it superbly, as does Foster and Wiest. Some points of this movie I was about to worry that the emotional music was coming and we'd see some sappy speech. Thankfully that never happened. What this movie is, is an emotional movie that doesn't have a bad guy or good guy to root or cheer for. Everyone here's prerogatives make sense, and it's up to you who you support, and what you think about Fred Tate, the little genius.


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