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  • Actors: Robert MacNaughton, Hope Lange, Don Murray, Robert Wagner, Cynthia Nixon
  • Directors: Robert Jiras
  • Writers: Robert Cormier, Robert Jiras, David Lange
  • Producers: Albert Schwartz, David Lange, G. Mac Brown, Jack Schwartzman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007YMW32
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,884 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I Am the Cheese" on IMDb

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A film by Robert Jiras • Starring Robert MacNaughton (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City), Robert Wagner (Austin Powers, Hart to Hart), and Hope Lange (The Ghost & Mrs. Muir)In this captivating adaptation of Robert Cormier’s best-selling novel, 14-year-old Adam Farmer seeks to uncover a secret lost in his subconscious that will allow him to locate his parents, who have disappeared mysteriously. Suspense mounts as Adam pieces together the fragments of the story with the help of his psychiatrist, uncovering fantastic clues which lead to a shocking conclusion. "It's DEAD POETS SOCIETY meets THE X FILES! MacNaughton is endearing, and the presence of the then-innocent Cynthia Nixon is a guilty pleasure." - FILMCRITIC.COM "Homespun simplicity! Robert MacNaughton, who played the older son in E.T., makes a gentle and sympathetic Adam." - THE NEW YORK TIMES DVD Bonus Features: Trailers • Director’s Bio • Photo Gallery. 100 minutes, color, Rated PG

Customer Reviews

I thought this movie portrayed the book very well.
Katie
The music meshes perfectly with the scenes, and once the movie is over, you find yourself thinking about all the different levels to this story.
Ray Riddle
I don't want to give the movie away... Watch the movie, then read the book, or vice versa, but you SHOULD read the book.
"desolatemm"

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ray Riddle on January 15, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I first read this book when I was in the 7th grade. I didn't understand it all then, because there are a lot of levels to the story. I so identified with Adam, felt so alone, felt all this stuff inside me, wanted to be a writer and kept a journal full of what was in my head, felt like screaming and screaming and never stopping. I'd read the book twice, I think, when I chanced upon the movie late one night on cable more than 20 years ago. I was with a friend, and couldn't really let myself go into the movie like I wanted, but remembered liking it, and especially the punch (you'll know what I'm talking about if you see the movie). I spent years looking for a copy, and finally found a VHS copy, which I promptly ordered.

When it showed up, I took the TV and the VCR and set them up in my bedroom and sat on my bed in the corner to watch it. This was such a personal story to me, I wasn't going to share that first watching with anyone. It was...very very well done. The story has changed slightly from the book, especially the parts with Amy, but I was glad to see them. I'd have loved it being just like the book, of course, but the changes made, kind of give Adam an "adolescent growing up" feel. The soundtrack is very subdued, but perfect. Violin, Oboe, Cello, I'm not sure which is used, but it's about the only instrument used through much of the film, and it really adds that touch of loneliness, of being so alone, especially on Adam's bike ride. There's a bit of music that plays at times throughout that mimics part of "The Farmer in the Dell" that has stayed with me all these years, as Adam, eternally riding his father's bike on that lonely ride to Monument in my head. They both play together in my mind.

Robert MacNaughton, who played Elliot's older brother in "E.T.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "desolatemm" on October 30, 2001
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Based on young adult author, Robert Cormier's chilling 1970's classic. You simply have to read the book to understand, and feel this story. I read the book in 9 th grade and was disturbed for days! About a year later I saw the movie in the video store, rented it, and dubbed it. The suspense of the book is better. Anyway... Elliot's brother from "E.T." plays young Adam Farmer, or is he? Adam goes on a mental and physical journey, more mental, to discover his true identity.The book's confusing enough, but you have to be glued to the tv to follow this movie. Not a bad movie, more for teens, certainly heavy though. I get that Adam's father was involved in some illegal activity, hence the family lives on the run. I don't want to give the movie away... Watch the movie, then read the book, or vice versa, but you SHOULD read the book. Trust me. Not a Friday night movie by any means, but worth a look for curiosity's sake. A little out dated now. Robert Cormier has a bit part as a news editor. Released in theaters for a sort time, then quickly went to video. If this movie was made now, it could be better.Cormier was against making this a movie from the start.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Guy De Federicis on July 28, 2001
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Although highly regarded as a superb independent film from many qualified sources including The New York Times, I found this rare, hard-to-find video to be lacking in substance and heavy on uninvolved emotional suspense. Intended primarily for a adolescent audience and derived from a popular juvenile fiction novel, it tells the story of a 15 year-old boy who struggles to learn his true identity. Given the youthful audience it targets, it is at least unconventional film-making and a think-piece for young minds who would enjoy a more intellectual slice of drama. For all it's youthfullness though, it is a dark and grim plotline and adults may be troubled by the lead character's predicament and psychological well-being. Apparently there's something here that young teenagers will absorb. Robert Wagner is very stiff and lifeless in the role of the boy's psychiatrist and Hope Lange plays an incidental character even less significant than her role as the doomed wife of Charles Bronson in "Death Wish". If nothing else, "I Am The Cheese" is unique.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Brazier VINE VOICE on June 2, 2013
Format: DVD
Fourteen-year-old Adam Farmer is on a journey to visit his hospitalized father. During his journey by bicycle, he travels through inclement weather, deals with bullies and assorted problems, and meets people along his path. But things are not at all what they seem.

This movie was made in 1983, and it is dated. The color is a bit faded, and the sound quality is not up to today's standards. However, it is well worth ignoring these simple realities. There is an excellent movie here.

I had read this psychological thriller by Robert Cormier. I was very eager to see the movie, because I could not imagine how the producer and director would portray the essence of this book and maintain the secret significance of the plot. This film did not disappoint me. Powerfully done, it delivered Cormier's message with a punch!
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Robert McNaughton does a nice job here as Adam, a young man trying to unlock secrets of his past which are locked away inside his own mind. There are also beautiful Vermont locations and a decent list of supporting cast members. The only drawback here is the excessive use of long tracking shots, mostly of Adam riding his bike all over the place. There is a twist related to this which we do not discover until it is almost at the end of the film.
This makes me want to read the book by Cormier.
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