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Writer (WGA):
Scott Frank (written by)
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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 »
Gibson & Foster To Reunite
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Ultimately dissatisfying See more (37 total) »


  (Cast overview, first billed only)

Jodie Foster ... Dede Tate
Alex Lee ... Fred Tate at 2

Adam Hann-Byrd ... Fred Tate

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

Celia Weston ... Miss Nimvel
Danitra Vance ... Clinic Doctor

Dianne Wiest ... Jane Grierson

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

Debi Mazar ... Gina
Richard Fredette ... Bartender

George Plimpton ... Winston F. Buckner
Jennifer Trier ... Grierson Institute Teacher

P.J. Ochlan ... Damon Wells
John Bell ... Joey X
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Additional Details

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99 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:PG (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (1994) | Finland:S | Germany:0 | Iceland:L | Peru:Apt | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl | UK:PG | USA:PG

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Jodie Foster became director after Joe Dante left due to creative differences.See more »
Revealing mistakes: (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 »
[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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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Ultimately dissatisfying, 3 November 1999

Explores the difficulties faced by a 7 year old genius, and his relationship on the one hand with his mother, who provides love but no intellectual stimulus, and his teacher, who provides lessons in abundance but without emotional support. A bit laboured and contrived, both mother and teacher come across as caricatures. It highlights some potentially interesting issues, which are skimmed over in the ending, which is as trite as they come. The little kid is good, though.

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