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I Am the Cheese (1983)

A teenage lad struggles to piece together his reality following a traumatic event.


Robert Jiras


Robert Cormier (novel), David Lange (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert MacNaughton ... Adam Farmer
Hope Lange ... Betty Farmer
Don Murray ... David Farmer
Robert Wagner ... Dr. Brint
Cynthia Nixon ... Amy Hertz
Lee Richardson ... Mr. Grey
John Fiedler ... Arnold
Sudie Bond ... Edna
Frank McGurran Frank McGurran ... Young Adam
Russell P. Goslant Russell P. Goslant ... Gardener
Robert Cormier Robert Cormier ... Mr. Hertz
Dorothea MacNaughton Dorothea MacNaughton ... Produce Lady
Milford Keene Milford Keene ... Harvester
Joey Jerome Joey Jerome ... Whipper
Ronnie Bradbury Ronnie Bradbury ... Corn


Adapted from the Robert Cormier novel. This film follows the life of a young boy whose happy, if somewhat unusual life with his friends and family, gradually starts to unravel until the truth of his situation is finally revealed. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Drama | Fantasy



Did You Know?


The number that Adam dials in the movie is not a typical '555' movie number but rather is an actual phone number. At the time of the movie's production, the number rang at the home of the author of 'I Am the Cheese' and gave him an opportunity to interact with fans of the book and movie. See more »


Adam Farmer: Uh, I want to stop now.
Dr. Brint: Why do you wish to stop now?
Adam Farmer: I'm tired of all the questions.
Dr. Brint: Why do you think I'm asking them?
Adam Farmer: I don't know. I guess to get to know me better.
Dr. Brint: Why do you think I wanna know you better?
Adam Farmer: To help me, I guess.
Dr. Brint: Do you think you need help?
Adam Farmer: Sometimes. Does this fence go all around the place?
Dr. Brint: Yes, it does. Do you think it's to keep people out or to keep people in?
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Leave It Alone
Words and Music by Michael Barnard
Sung by Melissa Eddy
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How to make an AWFUL film from a GREAT book!
23 February 2008 | by jmorgan-15See all my reviews

First I must admit that I could not sit through the entire film. After only 30 minutes, I realized that none of the characters from the book were in the film, just card board cut-outs. They took a nervous and fearful Adam and made him a smiling and waving awkward kid. Heck, Amy wasn't even a tomboy. They butchered the atmosphere as well, no suspense or sense of foreboding. So I shipped to the end and guess what, they butchered the ending too.

Read the book, it has awesome characters and a story that builds and keeps you thinking and an ending worth talking about. As for the movie, shame on everyone involved in its making and shame on you if you watch it after reading this.

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Release Date:

11 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Soggetto a rischio See more »

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Barre, Vermont, USA See more »

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