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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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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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Hits home like no movie I've ever seen
30 August 2001 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

You've got to admire a director who can take real life and keep it real on the big screen, and at the same time produce a wonderful, funny and touching film.

With The Tic Code, Gary Winick has done just that. This will be the most realistic movie about Tourette's Syndrome you will ever see. It totally hit home as I was constantly reminded of my childhood. Other kids laughing and making fun, and me feeling alienated because of my supposed abnormality. This movie does a great job in displaying people's ignorance about the subject. Those who have simply seen the episode of L.A. Law which featured a witness with severe Tourette's, don't know the story. If you see this movie, you'll be all the wiser, and you'll be treated to a great film at the same time.

This movie gets 4 stars.

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