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Little Man Tate (1991)

Jodie Foster , Dianne Wiest , Jodie Foster  |  PG |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jodie Foster, Dianne Wiest, Adam Hann-Byrd, Harry Connick Jr., David Hyde Pierce
  • Directors: Jodie Foster
  • Writers: Scott Frank
  • Producers: Peggy Rajski, Randy Stone, Scott Rudin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2001
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LOKW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,626 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Little Man Tate" on IMDb

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Product Description

The mother of a young genius wants him to have a regular life while an educator sees him as a special case, not a child.
Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: PG
Release Date: 7-OCT-2003
Media Type: DVD

Jodie Foster and Dianne Wiest star in Foster's engaging directorial debut. Single mom Dede Tate is doing her best to raise her brilliant-but-lonely son Fred on a waitress's salary. Jane Grierson (Wiest), something of an expert on being brilliant but lonely, spots Fred's genius and wants to enroll him in her school for the gifted. It's a simple story, but it is very well told. Foster and Wiest both give excellent, sensitive performances, conveying the selfishness in each character's desire to have Fred to herself as well as the pain in not being able to fulfill all his needs on her own. Adam Hann-Byrd gives a remarkable performance as Fred, showing his intelligence without getting precious about it. Foster already shows a steady directing hand, but the best moments are the more whimsical ones in which she reveals the quiet exhilaration of Fred's mental leaps, as when a pool game suddenly becomes a beautiful collision of lines and forces. The DVD version shows the film in its original widescreen format and includes commentary from Foster. --Ali Davis

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never get tired of watching this movie... February 6, 2005
By ColeJay
Well, I don't know all those technical things about whether a movie is good or not. I don't worry about how good the directing is, or even how good the script is. And sure, it can get a little (ok, a lot) annoying if the acting in a movie is bad, but all I really care about is whether I like the movie or not. I loved this movie from the first time I saw it, and my husband likes it too. Maybe it's considered a drama, but there are so many cute, funny moments in the movie that make LMT so very enjoyable. And Fred is so adorable. :o)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE VAGARIES OF GENIUS August 6, 2004
Genius does not herd with genius, said Oliver Wendell Holmes, but come to think of it it does not herd with anyone at all. Little Man Tate charts the solitary prodigious existence of a pint-sized 6-year old, gifted beyond the regular rations allocated to ordinary men.

The story is as hackneyed as can be: a working class mother fiercely protective of her little brainiac, wants him to do well, so despite sparks with school psychologist lets him take part in bigtime contests for special kids, where he meets people of all kinds, etc etc. You get the picture.

Or may be you don't. The proof is in the pudding. Debuting as a director, Jodie Foster nails the production quality. The cinematography is fabulous. While parts of the script are predictably cheesy, all the characters are generally pleasant, the emotional scenes are moving, and all the interactional contretemps resolve neatly in the end.

And the message is heartening: even if he is more "grown up" than the rest of his Peter Pan peers, Fred is not special in every way. He is just as needy of a mother's affection, a teacher's direction and the companionship of regular social groups.

Plain stuff, but very efficiently delivered. Recommended rental.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius re-gaining childhood October 25, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
A child genius who lives with his now single mother, both of whom enjoy a fruitful, loving relationship, despite the life the young boy leads. A classic film that allows an understanding for people of not only the way youngsters are graded, tested, and pushed beyond their years, but also an insight to how the class "square" might have felt when you were at school. A brilliant directed film, and a definite must watch.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good pic about finding your place in the world November 21, 2004
I disagree somewhat with the reviews I have seen here. Although the main character is a genius, I think the main plot is about finding your place in life. While some children are lucky and slide right in, here the genius child is out of place with his surroundings. With a teacher and mom who cannot stimulate him intellectually, and the other children who make fun of him.

Soon he has the chance to be in a school with other geniuses, but does he fit here? I'll let you find out.

I think the boy is engaging and believable as the child genius. And as always Diane Weist does a terrific job as the head of the 'genius institute'. Jodie foster gives a good performance as the off beat mom. And I think she does a good job as director, although some movie seems predictible.

Overall better than most of the movies out there getting 4 stars by critics.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfull January 11, 2007
I just love this movie. After showing her skills in acting, Jodie Foster, steps forward to prove that her skills on directing are not less impressive.

I do recomend this movie, great acting, very moving, show it to your children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD DIRECTIONAL DEBUT FOR JODIE FOSTER. March 7, 2004
Jodie Foster is known as one of the best actresses in these days, but with LITTLE MAN TATE she proved that she is capable of direct a good movie. LITTLE MAN TATE is a simple story, but it has many interesting angles.
Basically it's the story of Fred Tate, a prodigious kid (expert in mathematics, physic, music and painting, among many other things), and the struggle of his mother Dede (Jodie Foster) to give his little son the possibility of enjoy a normal life without significant worries, like most of the 8 year old kids have. Eventually they meet Dr. Jane Grierson (Dianne Wiest), who sees in Fred a reflex of herself, and she tries to develop even more Fred's abilities and intelligence.
LITTLE MAN TATE is a movie with interesting and multidimensional characters, even though this is a little movie, almost independent cinema, it's interesting enough to see Jodie Foster's solid directional debut. The best performances in LITTLE MAN TATE are: Adam Hann-Byrd as the little Fred Tate, he is the centerpiece of the plot and the movie, also Dianne Wiest is fine as Dr. Jane Grierson, her presence changes the life of Fred and his mom Dede. In LITTLE MAN TATE Jodie Foster is adequate as an actress, but as a director she is even better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Story About A Gifted Child September 21, 2006
Jodie Foster not only acts in this film, she directs as well. Harry Connick Jr. also stars in this movie, along with Adam Hann-Byrd who plays Fred Tate, the main character. Let us not forget who discovers Fred, Jane Grierson played by Dianne Wiest. His mother loves him, but Jane sees his potential and requests that Fred join her program. He fits in better with the gifted children, and is happier with the new setup than he was before. There are some special effects in this movie, to show you how Fred's genius mind works. All in all, a very good story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Dumb Movie About A Young Genius August 27, 2011
Jodie Foster directed this movie - a child prodigy's search for social acceptance. Fred Tate 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 is a cocktail waitress who cares passionately about her son. Fred comes to the attention of child psychologist Jane Grierson 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. Fred decides he's not interested in genius things like attending a university class, and would rather play pool and have friends. The movie is a poor waste of nearly two hours.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Very disappointed in this, it was more about Jodie Foster than the little boy, sorry I wasted my money.
Published 1 day ago by Nancy J
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is simply a very good movie
Published 8 days ago by Charles J. Ingerson
5.0 out of 5 stars No Faurting, No picking your nose, and no playing with little Mr. P...
I just got done watching this movie. I pre recorded it on the DVR and AI'm so glad that I did. It's a movie that shows how each and every one of us are special in our own ways. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Peter Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautifully written story. Great acting. Don't miss this.
Published 1 month ago by 2bisuitmoney
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch out for those really smart kids, they can be more fragile
Than you think... Awesome flick
Published 2 months ago by brinlisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very nice movie.
Published 3 months ago by Karenlynn
5.0 out of 5 stars You can find everything on Amazon.
Was excited to find this movie. Haven't seen it years.
Published 3 months ago by shandra_e
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie
Awesome movie, I had never seen this. I bought for a speech that Diane Weist gave at a convention in movie, it was about learning and knowledge. Great job by everyone.
Published 3 months ago by Waterdog
1.0 out of 5 stars No Closed Caption
The product description states it has Closed Caption and French & English subtitles, which is untrue. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Paul Spears
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful View of Highly Precocious Gifted Child
The gifted boy featured in this film is really at the high end of the spectrum of human intellect and talent. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Meg C
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