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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 ...
Bartender
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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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Scenes in Eddie's apartment and the interior of the Tates' apartment were filmed in the Roanoke Apartments in the Clifton neighborhood of Cincinnati. The building, which was more than 100 years old, was considered a classic example of mid-1800s architecture in Cincinnati. At the time of filming there was controversy over Burger King's plan to buy the building and demolish it to build a fast food restaurant. Publicity around the filming raised the public profile of the building enough that Burger King abandoned the plan. See more »

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(At 19:31-19:36) When Fred is playing the piano, a close-up of his hands show hands that look completely different (and much larger) than his own. They are obviously hands of a piano-playing double. 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 Mystery Science Theater 3000: City Limits (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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Realistic
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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