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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 ...
Fred Tate at 2
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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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Richard Fredette ...
Bartender
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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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Mentes que brillan  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,551,331 (USA) (1 November 1991)

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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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There are several errors in simple mathematics in the movie: Firstly, Damon "The Mathemagician" Wells correctly states that there are 25 228 800 minutes in 48 years (but 25,246,080 minutes if one counts the 12 leap-days that would occur in any span of 48 years that doesn't include a century year - only century years evenly divisible by 400, like 2000 but not 1900, are leap years), then says that this is 151 368 000 seconds. This is clearly wrong as 25 228 800 x 60 is 1 513 728 000 (more than 10 times as much). Furthermore, Fred says that the cube root of 3 796 466 is 156 although 156*156*156 is 3 796 416. 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 Sister, Sister: Little Man Date (1997) See more »

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Mozart's String Quartet No 21, D Major, KV575
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
Performed by Alban Berg Quartett
Courtesy of Teldec Classics International GmbH
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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an amazing perspective
10 January 2006 | by (United Arab Emirates) – See all my reviews

This movie is obviously what one would call "labour of love". It's a pleasure to watch. The story shows beautifully what a thousand articles on math prodigies cannot- that even geniuses need love and that no matter how "genius" that child is he is still only a kid.

She brings out the subtleties of her character. Fred seems adult-like in a child's world and yet deals with child-like simplicity in an adult's world. Jane is the headmistress of a school for the gifted, who believes that her theories on child-prodigies can bring out Fred's best talents, but forgets that Fred's best is not in his head but in his heart. Working to give her child the best yet fierce-fully protective of Fred is his mother Dede. This movie perfectly capture the heartbreaking events that can happen when a child is given too much attention but no affection. Hats off to Adam Byrd who gives a very nuanced performance. Both Jodie Foster and Nancy show the little personality clashes very well. Jodie foster has done a great job when she shows Dede's reaction and then later Jane's reaction to the fact that Fred has had a nightmare.I hope to be able to see more movies from her.


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