Little Man Tate

Little Man Tate

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Cast: Adam Hann-Byrd, Dianne Wiest, Harry Connick Jr.

     
 

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Jodie Foster made her directorial debut (with a script by Scott Frank) in this tale of a child prodigy's search for social acceptance. Fred Tate (Adam Hann-Byrd) is a precocious fourth grader who has no problem with the most complex mathematical problems or in banging out a Rachmaninoff concerto on the piano, but is totally inept at playing baseball or dealing with…  See more details below

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Jodie Foster made her directorial debut (with a script by Scott Frank) in this tale of a child prodigy's search for social acceptance. Fred Tate (Adam Hann-Byrd) is a precocious fourth grader who has no problem with the most complex mathematical problems or in banging out a Rachmaninoff concerto on the piano, but is totally inept at playing baseball or dealing with children his own age. His mother Dede (Jodie Foster) is a cocktail waitress who acts more like a child than Fred, but cares passionately about her son. Fred comes to the attention of child psychologist Jane Grierson (Dianne Wiest), who runs a summer camp for child prodigies called Odyssey of the Mind. She invites Fred to attend the summer session, creating a rift between Fred and Dede.

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All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
The directorial debut of actress Jodie Foster, this comedy-drama about a Cincinnati boy genius is one of the decade's most underrated gems, based on a nearly flawless script by Scott Frank that is chock full of wit, intelligence, emotional insight, and a gentle good humor. The performances here are uniformly excellent, particularly that of Dianne Wiest as a fellow, adult genius whose remarkable brains don't extend to a self-knowledge of her own fragile egotism and bitterness. Foster is less convincing as a blue-collar hausfrau if only because her innate taste and astuteness tend to shine through her slightly underdeveloped role (a brief sojourn for her character in Florida also smacks of narrative artifice, the script needing for her to leave the stage momentarily). These are the few minor flaws in a structurally air-tight, compelling, and utterly satisfying film, proving that Woody Allen and his Manhattan stomping grounds don't have the market cornered on the presentation of brilliant, funny, and absorbing human entertainment. Little Man Tate is a charming film destined to be discovered with delight by weekend cable TV viewers and video rental seekers willing to try something different. Frank found less fertile artistic ground for his next three films, all of them dark crime thrillers, Dead Again (1991), Final Analysis (1992), and Malice (1993). It was only when he returned to material with an underpinning of sly humor that his work began earning the label of "modern classic" again, with such films as Get Shorty (1995) and Out of Sight (1998).

Product Details

Release Date:
04/28/2015
UPC:
0887090098106
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
PG
Source:
Olive Films
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
32,135

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jodie Foster Dede Tate
Adam Hann-Byrd Fred Tate
Dianne Wiest Dr. Jane Grierson
Harry Connick Eddie
David Hyde Pierce Garth
Debi Mazar Gina
P.J. Ochlan Damon Wells
George Plimpton Winston F. Buckner
George Kaufman Eddie's Friend
Michael Shulman Matt Montini
Alex Lee Fred Tate-Age 2
Nathan Lee Matt's Teammate
Celia Weston Miss Nimvel
Danitra Vance Clinic Doctor
Richard Fredette Bartender
Jennifer Trier Grierson Institute Teacher
John Bell Joey X.
Ishe Costa Cherry Reynolds
Chucky Ocampo Bob Yee
Mark Lienhart Fenton
Richard Hanson 1st Odyssey of the Mind Leader
Mar Ya Zuke 2nd Odyssey of the Mind Leader
Lauren Ashley Stacey Valerie
Josh Mostel Physics Professor
Michael Mantell Coral Bay Owner
Erica Staton Girl Outside Classroom
Michael Keavey Auctioneer
Carolyn Lawrence Sorority Girl
Gordon Greene Fred's Doctor
Barry Williams Preppy Guy in Cafeteria
Alexandra Auder Eddie's Girlfriend
Sam Womelsdorf Eddie's Roommate
Ellen McElduff Make-Up Woman
Adam Midkiff Evan
Sheadrick Richards "Livewire" Boy Guest
Elizabeth Frietsch "Livewire" Girl Guest
Bob Balaban Quizmaster (uncredited)

Technical Credits
Jodie Foster Director
Giorgio Armani Costumes/Costume Designer
Douglas Axtell Sound/Sound Designer
Joe Camp Asst. Director
Charlie Croughwell Stunts
Carol Cuddy Production Manager
Scott Frank Screenwriter
Julie Hewett Makeup
Jon Hutman Production Designer
Mark Isham Score Composer
Gary Jensen Stunts
Joanna Jimenez Sound Editor
Avy Kaufman Casting
Lynzee Klingman Editor
Adam Lustig Art Director
Susan Lyall Costumes/Costume Designer
Peggy Rajski Producer
Scott Rudin Producer
Martin Schaer Camera Operator
Samara Schaffer Set Decoration/Design
Reinhard Schreiner Sound Editor
Mike Southon Cinematographer
Randy Stone Executive Producer
Lina Todd Casting
Mike Topoozian Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Little Man Tate
1. Chapter 1 [16:42]
2. Chapter 2 [12:33]
3. Chapter 3 [12:47]
4. Chapter 4 [10:30]
5. Chapter 5 [13:23]
6. Chapter 6 [11:39]
7. Chapter 7 [12:03]
8. Chapter 8 [10:05]

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