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The Tic Code (1999)

 -  Drama  -  1 June 2000 (Germany)
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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 <>

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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)  »

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


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

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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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A film with a heart and some good jazz
7 September 2001 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"The Tic Code" tells of a boy (Marquette) with Tourette's syndrome who plays jazz piano and makes friends with a professional sax player (Hines) who also has the affliction. A well crafted, earnest, and honest effort, the film would appear to be a labor of love as, according to info, Draper, who wrote the screenplay and played the boy's mother, is married to a jazz musician with Tourette's (who has a bit part in the movie). The film features solid performances by all with an exceptional job by Marquette, some good jazz music, and insights into the tic fraught life. Unfortunately, The Tic Code is not likely to be as commercially successful as it should because Tourette's pales in comparison with terminal cancer, for example, and will likely seem little more than a mildly troublesome disorder to a jaded public. Kudos to all who supported this worthy project.

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