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Tim (1979)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 13 July 1979 (Australia)
A somewhat mentally handicapped 20-year-old man works as a laborer, but everyone abuses his naiveté. A nice 40-year-old American woman hires him one day and they become close. However, the town and his family see her as predatory.


Michael Pate


Colleen McCullough (novel), Michael Pate
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Piper Laurie ... Mary Horton
Mel Gibson ... Tim Melville
Alwyn Kurts Alwyn Kurts ... Ron Melville
Pat Evison Pat Evison ... Em Melville
Peter Gwynne Peter Gwynne ... Tom Ainsley
Deborah Kennedy ... Dawnie Melville
David Foster David Foster ... Mick Harrington
Michael Caulfield Michael Caulfield ... John Martinson
Margo Lee Margo Lee ... Mrs. Harrington
James Condon James Condon ... Mr. Harrington
Brenda Senders Brenda Senders ... Mrs. Parker
Kevin Leslie Kevin Leslie ... Curly
Allan Penney Allan Penney ... Mr. Thompson
Brian Barrie Brian Barrie ... Dr. Perkins
Geoff Usher Geoff Usher ... Minister


Tim is a young man with below average intelligence. He works as a builder's labourer, and is often taken advantage of by his fellow workers and other people. Mary asks Tim to work around her yard for a day. The day stretches into a few weekends, and the two soon become good friends. Some people, however, are suspicious of their friendship which seems to be continually strengthening, accusing Mary of taking advantage of Tim's innocence. Will changing circumstances in Tim's family life change his relationship with Mary? Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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A chance meeting. An impossible love story come true. See more »


Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


When Piper Laurie's character comes outside to read whilst Tim is working in the yard, the book she is reading is "The Thorn Birds", written by Colleen McCullough, the same author as "Tim". When Tim joins her for tea he asks if the book is any good, and she responds that it is very interesting. Several years later, Piper Laurie had a role in the TV miniseries that was made out of The Thorn Birds. See more »


The boom and the shadow of the boom operator follow Mary out of her kitchen in the bottom right of the screen at the beginning of the film. See more »


Ron Melville: Shut up, or i'll flatten ya!
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Version of Mary & Tim (1996) See more »

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Simply beautiful and sensitive
23 July 2002 | by enbrowerSee all my reviews

The film Tim is one of the most sensitive acting jobs I have seen Mel Gibson do. It is so unusual that a young actor can play a mentally slow young man so well. He gives us insight into the world of feelings of his character with his voice, body language, and facial expression in a way that makes each moment come alive. He is truly living his character. Piper,(Mary), also plays her role with all the care and sensitivity it needs. The story of the growing friendship between the two makes for more of a poem than a movie. A true love story, regardless of age and handycaps. And Tim's parents are well acted and believable. The harsh note of realism comes in the form of Tim's sister who only sees the oddness of it. However, magic prevails and a delicate love story is born. I wish it had been longer to further develop their lives. I also wish Mel Gibson would return more often to his ability to portray sensitive men with such truth.

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