A coming-of-age story set in 1965 that follows 12-year-old Andy Nichol (Chase Ellison), a bright student who, like most kids his age, will do anything to avoid conflict for fear of ...
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A coming-of-age story set in 1965 that follows 12-year-old Andy Nichol (Chase Ellison), a bright student who, like most kids his age, will do anything to avoid conflict for fear of suffering overwhelming ridicule and punishment from his junior high school peers. Everyone's favorite teacher, Mr. Simon (Ed Harris), pairs Andy with the school's biggest outcast and social pariah, Stanley, aka "Big G" (Alexander Walters), on a critical term project. Sporting thick orange hair, a head too big for his body and ears too big for his head, "Big G" has been the object of ridicule since grade school. Before long, Andy will learn that there was truly a method behind Mr. Simon's madness as to why he teamed these two up. As the story unfolds, Mr. Simon finds himself the target of a malicious rumor after Principal Kelner (Amy Madigan) suspends a school bully for brutally beating up a female classmate whom he thinks has "cooties." When Andy watches "Big G" fearlessly confront the school bully, a ... Written by
Norman made a reference to cop-related television programs that feature policemen speaking the phrase "you have the right to remain silent" to criminal suspects. However, the Miranda Warnings were not established until June 13, 1966. See more »
It has often been said that children are cruel. So goes the tale of Big G.
[reading to the class from Joan of Arc]
Joan looked at the generals and said, my business is not with you. You have not craved the counsel of war. Then she turned toward the kings Privy Counsel and continued. No, it is with you, a counsel of war. It is amazing. Counsels of war have no value, but to decided between two or several doubtful courses. But a counsel of war when there is only one course?
Big G had ...
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During the credits photos from the Eagles yearbook are accompanied by a brief description of the future of the main characters. See more »
Having been around in 1965, the year in which That's What I Am takes place, I just had to put in my 2 cents, regarding the look. First off, in 1965 the Beatles had been known in the U.S. for less than 1 year, and though as I recall, growing up in North Jersey, by '65 there were maybe a handful of kids attempting to embrace the hairstyle, this movie is littered with mop tops. 1965 was still a pretty conservative time and in general, if a kid got their parents to agree to letting their bangs being even 1" longer, it was a miracle. But long and over the ears? Never. It's the Chachi factor -- Happy Days inaccuracies continue. Second item: The Cars. Though true there were still fifties cars around in 1965, this movie looks like a classic car show. When I discovered this film recently, until I saw the main character's quaf, I thought it was going to be another greaser movie. 3: The Clothes. I swear I saw the mother wearing a psychedelic blouse. Whatever. 4th, the angry parents coming out against the gay Mr. Simon... In 1965 authority ruled. The school was always right and the parents agreed. If kids spread a rumor, parents went with the school. I can't count how many times I saw teachers man handle bad kids and get away with it, and I went to a public school. For all the money they spend to make these movies, you would think the fact checkers would peer a little closer into the facts.
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