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Little Man Tate
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6.7 IMDB rating
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Jodie Foster Jodie Foster
Dede Tate
Alex Lee Alex Lee
Fred Tate at 2
Adam Hann-Byrd Adam Hann-Byrd
Fred Tate
Michael Shulman Michael Shulman
Matt Montini
Nathan Lee Nathan Lee
Matt's Teammate
Celia Weston Celia Weston
Miss Nimvel
Danitra Vance Danitra Vance
Clinic Doctor
Dianne Wiest Dianne Wiest
Jane Grierson

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7 years, 2 months ago at Aug 29 12:11
This is an odd little film about how we relate on different levels within a family that might seem strange to outsiders. A gifted child, Fred Tate (Adam Hann-Byrd) has some social difficulties mainly because he understands things that a child normally does not. His pragmatic mother Dede (Jodie Foster) is torn between wanting his gifts to develop and not making him feel isolated or strange. As it t... read more

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4 years, 1 month ago at Oct 14 7:54
Not so long ago, I saw 'The Beaver', the latest directing effort delivered by Jodie Foster. Even though I did like it, it was certainly a really risky project, not only because of the subject matter, but also because it was dealing with a man having a mental breakdown and this man happened to be played by Mel Gibson. So, it was risky and it didn't get much love when it was released which is too ba... read more
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The story of the intellectually-gifted eight-year-old Fred Tate, his mother Dede and the director of a program for gifted children, Dr Jane Grierson. It explores the tension between Fred's emotional and intellectual needs and between his mother and Dr Grierson.
Release date: 1 November 1991
UPC: 027616865724
Tags: Drama (12), (4), 1990s (3), Parenting (3), Genius (3), Savant (3), Isolation (2), Road Trip (2), Gifted (2), Mother-son Relationship (2), Coming Of Age (2), 1991 (2), Bullying (2), Private School (1), Single Mothers (1), Mother (1), Geniuses (1), Gifted Children (1), Female Director (1), Child (1)
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" Director: Jodie Foster Starring: Jodie Foster, Dianne Wiest, Adam Hann-Byrd, Harry Connick Jr., David Hyde Pierce, Debi Mazar, P.J. Ochlan, Alex Lee, Michael Shulman, Nathan Lee, Celia Weston, Danitra Vance, Richard Fredette, George Plimpton, Elizabeth H. Frietsch, Jennifer Trier, Lawrence Gallegos, D. Michael Pierce, Evan Prizant, Geoffrey C. York and Carolyn Lawrence The story of the intellectually-gifted eight-year-old Fred Tate, his mother Dede and the director of a program for gifted ch"

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"Little Man Tate is Jody Foster's directorial debut about a mom (Foster) who is trying to raise her intellectually advanced child (some kid named Byrd) with as normal a childhood as possible but with enough support to allow his "gift" to actualize. This is something that my mother never had to worry about when I was growing up. As a matter of fact, it was the opposite since her main concern about me was how much time I tended to lie around and waste time. Which is something I obviously never gre"

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"June 22 "You're crabby today." "I'm not crabby, I'm pensive." This was a decent directorial debut for Jodie Foster and it's a much better effort than The Beaver. The story isn't the most original, but it works. The performances of the cast members here do the best with the material they are given and the script is decently written even though it has a couple instances of awkward dialogue. It's not something I'd go out of my way to watch again, but I liked it and it's something I wouldn't hes"