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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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Alex Lee ...
Fred Tate at 2
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Matt Montini
Nathan Lee ...
Matt's Teammate
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Miss Nimvel
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Clinic Doctor
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Garth (as David Pierce)
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Richard Fredette ...
Bartender
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Jennifer Trier ...
Grierson Institute Teacher
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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)  »

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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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Despite Jodie Foster's obvious excitement over directing her first movie, there was tension on the set. Dianne Wiest expressed dissatisfaction with Foster's direction to a visiting reporter from Premiere Magazine; this was also the visit where Foster made a sarcastic crack about a previous female director she worked with and later had to write a note of apology. Producer Scott Rudin was unhappy over a number of things, most likely the progress of the production, and threw a portable phone at somebody's car in exasperation, cracking the windshield. See more »

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Fred's backpack strap is down on his elbow when he's talking with Eddie in a longer shot (76:42-76:55), but is up on his shoulder in the immediately preceding and following close-ups of Fred. 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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Brahms' Liebesliederwalzer
Musc by Johannes Brahms (as Brahms)
Performed by Ensemble Vocal Michel Piquemal with Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
Conducted by Armin Jordan
Courtesy of Erato Disques
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Ultimately dissatisfying
3 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

Explores the difficulties faced by a 7 year old genius, and his relationship on the one hand with his mother, who provides love but no intellectual stimulus, and his teacher, who provides lessons in abundance but without emotional support. A bit laboured and contrived, both mother and teacher come across as caricatures. It highlights some potentially interesting issues, which are skimmed over in the ending, which is as trite as they come. The little kid is good, though.


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