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Little Man Tate (1991)

PG | | Drama | 1 November 1991 (USA)
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Dede is a sole parent trying to bring up her son Fred. When it is discovered that Fred is a genius, she is determined to ensure that Fred has all the opportunities that he needs, and that ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dede Tate
Alex Lee ... Fred Tate at 2
... Fred Tate
... Matt Montini
Nathan Lee ... Matt's Teammate
... Miss Nimvel
... Clinic Doctor
... Jane Grierson
... Garth (as David Pierce)
... Gina
Richard Fredette ... Bartender
... Winston F. Buckner
Jennifer Trier ... Grierson Institute Teacher
... Damon Wells
John Bell ... Joey X
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Dede is a sole parent trying to bring up her son Fred. When it is discovered that Fred is a genius, she is determined to ensure that Fred has all the opportunities that he needs, and that he is not taken advantage of by people who forget that his extremely powerful intellect is harboured in the body and emotions of a child. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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It's not what he knows. It's what he understands.

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1 November 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mentes que brillan  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$230,106, 11 October 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,010,896
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Jodie Foster became director after Joe Dante left due to creative differences. See more »

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(at around 50 mins) During a short part of Fred's piano piece, the notes he is hitting are obviously different to the ones that would be needed to make the sound. There is a part where the music is going down, but Fred's hands are moving up the keyboard. See more »

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Fred Tate: It's funny, cause I *think* I can even remember being born. For the first two weeks of my life I didn't even have a name. Dede couldn't make up her mind. She finally decided on Fred. She said that she had never heard of a little kid named Fred before.
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Mozart's String Quartet No 21, D Major, KV575
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
Performed by Alban Berg Quartett
Courtesy of Teldec Classics International GmbH
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A nice little film, but under-developed
4 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is a very nice small film. It is about a working class mother who's seven year old son is a child genius. It deals with a struggle between someone who wants to develop the child's interlect and the mother, who only wants him to be a child and enjoy his formative years.

This film could have been a lot better. The idea is a good one. However the actors just don't seem to get into their characters and so they don't come alive. As the story progresses you feel indifferent to the child and his heavy burden. Some realistic emotion would have made this film - but its absence killed it.


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