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Writer (WGA):
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Release Date:
1 November 1991 (USA) See more »
It's not what he knows. It's what he understands.
Dede is a sole parent trying to bring up her son Fred. When it is discovered that Fred is a genius,... See more » | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jodie Foster ... Dede Tate

Dianne Wiest ... Jane Grierson

Adam Hann-Byrd ... Fred Tate

Harry Connick Jr. ... Eddie

David Hyde Pierce ... Garth Emmerick (as David Pierce)

Debi Mazar ... Gina

P.J. Ochlan ... Damon Wells
Alex Lee ... Fred Tate at 2

Michael Shulman ... Matt Montini
Nathan Lee ... Matt's Teammate

Celia Weston ... Miss Nimvel
Danitra Vance ... Clinic Doctor
Richard Fredette ... Bartender

George Plimpton ... Winston F. Buckner

Jennifer Trier ... Grierson Institute Teacher
John Bell ... Joey X
Ishe Costa ... Cherry Reynolds
Chucky Ocampo ... Bob Yee
Mark Lienhart ... Fenton
Richard Hanson ... Odyssey of the Mind Leader #1
Mar Ya Zuke ... Odyssey of the Mind Leader #2
Lauren Ashley Stacey ... Valerie

Josh Mostel ... Physics Professor

Michael Mantell ... Coral Ray Owner
Erica Staton ... Girl Outside Classroom
Michael Keavy ... Auctioneer

Carolyn Lawrence ... Sorority Girl
George Kaufman ... Eddie's Friend
Gordon Greene ... Fred's Doctor
Barry J. Williams ... Preppy Boy in Cafeteria
Alexandra Auder ... Eddie's Girlfriend
Sam Womelsdorf ... Eddie's Roommate
Ellen McElduff ... Make-Up Woman
Adam Midkiff ... Evan
Sheadrick Richards ... 'LIVEWIRE' Boy Guest
Elizabeth Frietsch ... 'LIVEWIRE' Girl Guest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bob Balaban ... Quizmaster (uncredited)
Lonzo Jones ... Frisbee Boy (uncredited)

Michael Newman ... Man in Park (uncredited)
Julia Rosendale ... Freak Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Jodie Foster 
Writing credits
Scott Frank (written by)

Produced by
Peggy Rajski .... producer
Scott Rudin .... producer
Randy Stone .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mark Isham 
Cinematography by
Mike Southon (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lynzee Klingman 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
Lina Todd 
Production Design by
Jon Hutman 
Art Direction by
Adam Lustig 
Set Decoration by
Samara Schaffer  (as Sam Schaffer)
Costume Design by
Susan Lyall 
Makeup Department
Bonnie Clevering .... hair stylist
Julie Hewett .... makeup artist
Sean Rodgers .... assistant hair stylist (as Sean Rogers)
Zoe Thompson .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Carol Cuddy .... production manager
Mary F. Jansen .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Camp III .... first assistant director: second unit
Gregory Jacobs .... second assistant director (as Greg Jacobs)
Harry A. Jarvis III .... third assistant director (as Harry Jarvis)
Michael McCue .... second second assistant director (as Mike McCue)
Peggy Rajski .... second unit director
Mike Topoozian .... first assistant director (as Mike Tapoozian)
Art Department
Art Berkley .... carpenter
Beth Bernstein .... art department coordinator
Rick Bioni .... assistant property master (as Richard Bioni)
Larce Crawford .... construction foreman
David Flint .... third assistant property master
Barry Franenberg .... property master
Nancy Gilmore .... lead set dresser
Joe Griffith .... storyboard artist
Aaron Harvey .... carpenter
Lowell Huff .... set dresser
William Kroth .... set dresser
Brent Lahner .... set dresser
Meredith Lee .... artwork: Cherry Reynolds
Francis Link .... carpenter (as Frances Boysie Link)
Big Mike Maguire .... carpenter
Tim McLoughlin .... carpenter
Steve Olson .... carpenter (as Steve Olsen)
Brad Orr .... carpenter
Thomas H. Paul .... draftsman (as Tom Paul)
Susan Raney .... buyer (as Sue Rainey)
Patrick Romine .... second construction foreman
Jeff Schneider .... paintings: Joey X
Erich W. Schultz .... construction coordinator (as Erich Schultz)
Paul Stafford .... carpenter
David Wald .... carpenter
Brett Wert .... carpenter
Brad S. Wilson .... art department intern (as Brad Wilson)
Duke Wilson .... set dresser
Dwain Wilson .... on-set dresser
Tom Woods .... art: Fred
J. Todd Anderson .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Alton McClellan .... scenic foreman (uncredited)
David C. Ryan .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Axtell .... sound mixer
Norval D. Crutcher III .... assistant sound editor
Norval D. Crutcher .... supervising sound editor
Samuel C. Crutcher .... sound editor (as Sam Crutcher)
G.W. Davis .... sound editor
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer
Michael Dhonau .... utility sound (as Michael T. Dhonau)
Suzanne Geary .... post-production sound recordist
Joanna Jimenez .... sound editor
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark 'Frito' Long .... sound recordist
Robert Maxfield .... boom operator
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Gilberto Costa Nunes .... co-supervising sound editor
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist
Greg Orloff .... foley mixer (as Gregg Orloff)
Mark Rathaus .... sound editor
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer
Reinhard Schreiner .... sound editor
Norto Sepulveda .... adr editor
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
John Joseph Thomas .... sound designer (as John Thomas)
Barbara Vickers .... sound editor
Mark V. Phillips .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Phill Norman .... effects design
Christine Anne Baur .... stunt coordinator (as Christine Baur)
Charles Croughwell .... stunts
Gary Jensen .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
James Babineaux .... best boy electric
Doug Boone .... grip
Robert Bruce .... electrician
George M. Chappell .... electrician (as George Chappel)
Henry Cline .... first assistant camera
J. Patrick Daily .... key grip (as Pat Dailey)
Jeffrey De La Rosa .... electrician (as Jeff De La Rosa)
Jack English .... gaffer
Suzanne Hanover .... still photographer (as Suzanne Hanover-Fowler)
Holly Heinzmann .... first assistant camera: second unit
Steve Irwin .... video playback operator
Tony C. Jannelli .... director of photography: second unit (as Tony Janelli)
Kent H. Jorgensen .... dolly grip (as Kent Jorgensen)
John 'Quincy' Koenig .... electrician (as Quincy Koenig)
Toby Phillips .... Steadicam operator
Rick Raphael .... Steadicam operator
Martin Schaer .... camera operator
Ruth Sergel .... second assistant camera: second unit
Alex Smith .... camera loader
Andrew Smith .... video assist operator
Amy Vincent .... second assistant camera
Derek Wells .... grip
Eric Whitehead .... best boy grip
Christopher Blakely .... video assist operator (uncredited)
Kevin Boyd .... video assist operator: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Cindy Bashore .... extras casting assistant (as Cynthia Bashore)
Anita Daugherty .... extras casting
Alison Loop .... casting assistant: New York
Ben Hynum .... casting scout (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michelle Custance .... wardrobe production assistant
Elizabeth Feldbauer .... wardrobe supervisor
Juliet Polcsa .... assistant costume designer
Catherine Wall .... seamstress
Taryn Weaver .... wardrobe assistant (as Taryn Walsh)
Michelle M. Pershing .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
John Ganem .... first assistant editor
Lawrence Jordan .... additional film editor
Kim Nolan .... second assistant editor (as Kimberly Nolan)
Peter E. Nunnery .... post-production assistant
Dan Schalk .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Thomas A. Carlson .... music editor (as Tom Carlson)
Ensemble Vocal Michel Piquemal .... chorus
David Goldblatt .... musician: piano
Mark Isham .... musician: trumpet
Stephen Krause .... original score recording engineer (as Steven Krause)
Ken Kugler .... musician: trombone
Sid Page .... musician: violin
Bob Shepherd .... musician: saxophone
Daniel Troob .... consultant: classical music
Tom Warrington .... musician: bass
Kurt Wortman .... musician: drums
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Gay DiFusco .... music clearance: Fricon Entertainment (uncredited)
David Sibley .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
William 'Fleet' Eakland .... transportation coordinator (as Fleet Eakland)
Alan Forbes .... driver
Jimmy Humphreys .... driver
Terry Johnson .... driver
E. Steve McLaughlin .... driver
Kelly Nordberg .... driver
Thomas J. Nordberg .... driver (as Thomas Nordberg)
Ed Petrie .... driver
Todd Pfeiffer .... driver
David Schnier .... driver
Pat Stubbs .... transportation captain
Ken Watson .... driver
Don Westerbeck .... driver
Fred Westerbeck .... driver
Scott Wingard .... driver
Other crew
Keith Armour .... teacher
Lisa Bradley .... production coordinator
David Collins .... production secretary
Deirdre Costa .... location assistant
Mary Cybulski .... script supervisor
Craig Denton .... production assistant
John Durling .... dailies projectionist
Sharon Fitzgerald .... assistant: Ms. Foster
Glenn Gaylord .... location auditor
Jeff Hay .... catering assistant
Ann McDermott .... production assistant
Derek McFadden .... riding double: "Damon"
Kris Nielsen .... production assistant
Phill Norman .... title designer
Marcia Oney .... production assistant
Vicki Dee Rock .... production auditor
Tiffany Rosen .... assistant production coordinator
Albert G. Ruben .... insurance
Eileen Schroder .... craft service
Mary Seguin .... production assistant
Peter J. Silbermann .... publicist (as Peter Silberman)
Cris Thomas-Palomino .... riding double: Fred (as Chris Thomas)
Matilde Valera .... financial representative
Michael Williams .... location manager
Shannon Kemp .... production assistant (uncredited)
Paul J. Memmi .... translator (uncredited)
Steven E. Williams .... production assistant (uncredited)
Francis Aiken .... thanks: Cellular One
Rain Burns .... thanks: Apple Computer Inc.
Dara Eisenberg .... thanks: Wolfram Research Inc.
Chris Hayward .... thanks: Cincinnati Country Day School
Fenno Heath .... thanks: director, The Yale Glee Club
Joe Hofmeister .... thanks: Cincinnati Country Day School
Lori Holladay .... thanks: Greater Cincinnati Film Commission (as Lorie Holladay)
Ward Johnson .... thanks: Clarity Systems
Eve Lapolla .... thanks: Ohio Film Bureau
Frank Laurence .... thanks: Cincinnati Country Day School
Rich Little .... thanks: Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
Sam Micklus .... thanks: Odyssey of the Mind
Bonnie Paul .... thanks: Greater Cincinnati Film Commission
Joyce Rudowski .... thanks: Cincinnati Country Day School
Holly Wissing .... thanks: Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
Crew believed to be complete

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99 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:PG (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (1994) | Chile:TE | Finland:S | Germany:o.Al. | Iceland:L | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl | UK:PG | USA:PG

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Jodie Foster's directorial film debut.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
[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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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Through the Eyes of a Child..., 31 December 2004
Author: bobjaxon from Alabama, United States

I've long been a fan of Jodie Foster's acting, and upon my first viewing of "Little Man Tate", I can now say I'm a fan of her directorial talents as well.

The story is of Fred Tate, son of single mother Dede. It's found that, at the age of 2, Fred can already read the print on the bottom of a dinner plate. Dede, and the rest of the world, realize that Fred is a genius, but Dede is determined that Fred, while given ever opportunity to expand his gift, is not exploited by the well meaning, but pretentious head mistress of a school for gifted children, Jane Grierson, portrayed by the outstanding actress Dianne Wiest.

The story's told, mainly, through the eyes of Fred; however, we also see the viewpoints of Dede & Jane who each feel that she alone has Fred's best interests at heart. We are given tremendous insight into how Fred sees and relates to the world around him. He has the understanding that's beyond most adults but only the emotional experience of his 7 years of life.

Through Fred, we can see that the academic world of gifted children isn't just filled with the nice, polite, precocious, bespectacled children that we are often shown on news magazines or public television programs. We are allowed to see that some are as outright rude and pretentious as the adults who claim to be only nurturing their gifts.

In her feature-film directorial debut, Foster is able to capture the world as Fred sees it. She's able still allow us to see Fred as the youngster he is. Fred's intellect isn't the basis of the story, just one element in it. She lets the story do the work, and she let's the character's tell the tale. She allows the characters to be real people not just the stereotypes that so often are found in films dealing with this subject matter.

Jodie Foster's only directed two films since this one ("Home For The Holidays"-1995 & "Flora Plum"-2005), and I've seen "Home For The Holidays" which I also feel was very well done. It seems that Ms. Foster is being very careful in picking her projects, much like the late Stanley Kubrick did. I only hope her unique talents are recognized and she's given more green lights for future projects.

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