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The Tic Code (1999)

R | | Drama | 1 June 2000 (Germany)
A 10 year old gifted boy wants to be a jazz pianist much to the chagrin of his more classical oriented piano instructor. With his mother's help, he is an underage regular at a local ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miles (as Christopher George Marquette)
Miss Gimpole
Desmond Robertson ...
Indian Man
Mrs. Swensrut
Blair Swanson ...
Confident Girl (as Blair Ashlee Swanson)
Tyrone Pike
Carlos McKinney ...
John B. Williams ...
Richard A. Berk ...
Tiny (as Dick Berk)


A 10 year old gifted boy wants to be a jazz pianist much to the chagrin of his more classical oriented piano instructor. With his mother's help, he is an underage regular at a local nightspot, where he is teamed up with a sax superstar. Both come to learn that each suffers from Tourette's Syndrome (thus the film title). The older man has developed mannerisms to cover up his own fallibilities and resents the boy and his mother's acceptance of the disease. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Every family has something to hide.



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Rated R for language | See all certifications »


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1 June 2000 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Jelbeszéd  »

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$25,190 (USA) (4 August 2000)


$203,849 (USA) (29 September 2000)

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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, the following dialogue is heard: Miles: Mom, which would you rather? Flat fingers like Thelonious or flat fingers like Horowitz? Laura: Flat fingers like Miles. Tyrone: Flat, flat, flat. Miles: Mom, which you rather? Pennies facing heads, or pennies facing tails? Laura: Is this a trick question? See more »

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Thank you for making this movie...
4 July 2005 | by (SF CA) – See all my reviews

This movie meant a great deal to me. I have Tourrette Syndrome -- no two cases are alike and the way it impacts each life is different -- but the two Tourretters in the story humanized the funny movements and grimaces that have been with me all my life. I didn't get a correct diagnosis until I was 30 and then chose to not take medication so I can keep my personality.

It would be great if the filmmakers come across this. I'd like them to know how much this meant to me (and I'm sure lots of other people with Tourrettes and their families).

Plus, it was nice that Gregory Hines got this multifaceted role to play -- I will miss him, he was a performer with class. And BTW isn't it nice that there are still a few movies about human beings without things blowing up or bimbos taking off their clothes?

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