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 ...
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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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Despite Jodie Foster's obvious excitement over directing her first movie, there was tension on the set. Dianne Wiest expressed dissatisfaction with Foster's direction to a visiting reporter from Premiere Magazine; this was also the visit where Foster made a sarcastic crack about a previous female director she worked with and later had to write a note of apology. Producer Scott Rudin was unhappy over a number of things, most likely the progress of the production, and threw a portable phone at somebody's car in exasperation, cracking the windshield. See more »
(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 »
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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I LOVE this movie!!! In fact, it is my favorite. I was a senior at the University of Cincinnati at the time it was filmed and my best friend is in two scenes. The college scenes were filmed primarily at the University of Cincinnati, in Cincinnati, Ohio at McMicken Hall and outside the campus. The scene with Harry Connick Jr. at his apartment is in a dilapidated apartment building on Ludlow Ave. The scenes of Odyssey of the Mind were filmed at the Wexner Center of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. During filming Jodie Foster kept a low profile, as she also directed. This story is truly timeless...gifted education is still in the formative stages today. The movie shows that a careful balance between the nurture of the parent and the wisdom of the educator can give children an environment to reach their potential in a healthy way. Jodie Foster is wonderful as the loving but uneducated mother and Harry Connick Jr. has his first screen role in a major motion picture!
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