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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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The "Liebeslieder Waltzes" by Johannes Brahms are a collection of love songs for voices and four hands piano. There is speculation that Brahms' inspiration for the songs was his frustrated love for the pianist Clara Schumann, the wife of composer, Robert Schumann. See more »

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When Fred first enters Jane's office, there is a card on her desk (at around 52 mins) that Fred takes (at around 57 mins) but which is soon back on the desk (at around 1 min). See more »

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[first lines]
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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Referenced in Sister, Sister: Little Man Date (1997) See more »

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Mozart's Piana Quartet In E Flat Major, KV493
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
Performed by Jacques Rouvier/Mozart String Trio
Courtesy of Denon/Nippon Columbia Co., Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Treads the fine line of sap, but doesn't cross it.
6 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

Little Man Tate is a very good movie. Jodie Foster's debut as a filmmaker shows a little boy genius, who we've all seen before. The difference is the little boy is human, and not just a brain. He worries about people dying, envies the popular athletic boy, all the while plays music in competition form and forms math problems on his head. The conflict between Jodie Foster, the mother, and Dianne Wiest, the child genius grown up, is somewhat annoying, but it makes sense, as they are both extremes of parenting. The child in this movie plays it superbly, as does Foster and Wiest. Some points of this movie I was about to worry that the emotional music was coming and we'd see some sappy speech. Thankfully that never happened. What this movie is, is an emotional movie that doesn't have a bad guy or good guy to root or cheer for. Everyone here's prerogatives make sense, and it's up to you who you support, and what you think about Fred Tate, the little genius.


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