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A 10 year old gifted boy wants to be a jazz pianist much to the chagrin of his more classical oriented piano instructor. With his mother's help, he is an underage regular at a local ... See full summary »

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Gary Winick

Writer:

Polly Draper

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Marquette ... Miles (as Christopher George Marquette)
Polly Draper ... Laura
Carol Kane ... Miss Gimpole
Desmond Robertson Desmond Robertson ... Todd
Robert Iler ... Denny
Bill Nunn ... Kingston
Tony Shalhoub ... Phil
Ismail Bashey ... Indian Man
Camryn Manheim ... Mrs. Swensrut
Blair Swanson Blair Swanson ... Confident Girl (as Blair Ashlee Swanson)
Gregory Hines ... Tyrone Pike
Carlos McKinney Carlos McKinney ... Chester
John B. Williams John B. Williams ... Sparky
Richard A. Berk Richard A. Berk ... Tiny (as Dick Berk)
Fisher Stevens ... Morris
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Storyline

A 10 year old gifted boy wants to be a jazz pianist much to the chagrin of his more classical oriented piano instructor. With his mother's help, he is an underage regular at a local nightspot, where he is teamed up with a sax superstar. Both come to learn that each suffers from Tourette's Syndrome (thus the film title). The older man has developed mannerisms to cover up his own fallibilities and resents the boy and his mother's acceptance of the disease. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Every family has something to hide.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Lions Gate / Jazz Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 2000 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Jelbeszéd See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,190, 6 August 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$203,849, 1 October 2000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, the following dialogue is heard: Miles: Mom, which would you rather? Flat fingers like Thelonious or flat fingers like Horowitz? Laura: Flat fingers like Miles. Tyrone: Flat, flat, flat. Miles: Mom, which you rather? Pennies facing heads, or pennies facing tails? Laura: Is this a trick question? See more »

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Academy Award Performance by Christopher Marquette
8 April 1999 | by JR-80See all my reviews

Chris Marquette's portrayal as Miles, a 12 year old musically gifted boy with tourette's syndrome, is nothing short of an academy award. A genuinely superb performance in his remarkably unique skills and poise as he masters each scene with precise brilliance and realism. The natural acting talent by this young actor is something to absolutely admire and his grainy and full dimensional performance is so captivating that you actually feel his emotions (pain, despair, sadness, rejection, anger and happiness) as you watch this film.

The film should click with family audience since its about overcoming personal obstacles, enjoying life, and helping each other. Director Gary Winick provides a frothy mix of lifelike tones and never allows the story to desolve into schmaltz or wallow in atonal sap by making it far more lively and less schematic than the standard disease-o-the-week scenario. Great plot and development through the film.


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