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I Am the Cheese

3.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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A Vermont teen-ager sees a psychiatrist after seeing his parents die in a car crash.

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Product Details

  • 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.)
  • 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007YMW32
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,474 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I Am the Cheese" on IMDb

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By Ray Riddle on January 15, 2006
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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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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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I have never been chased by a group of criminals who hated me and my family for someone testifying against them on capitol hill. However, I have felt that there were mysterious things in my life that I just could not explain and that I have also felt like I would get in trouble for asking about them, and after researching these thing I have still feel an emptiness inside that just does not add up.

I have also known many girls in High School just like Amy Hertz who treated me about the same as she did Adam.

This movie for some reason more than others has impacted me made me look a things differently than I would have otherwise.

The lower quality audio, the dated film grain and the obvious 80s look of the film actually give it some charm.

The Vermont scenery is beautiful. You can almost taste the humidity in the air and the constant light rain that accompanies that part of the country.

You can really feel the confusion in Adam.

That all being said, this is not a movie that you want to watch at a big get together or give as a gift to your mother on Mother's day but a good movie to watch when you are sick or when there quiet Saturday night when you are by yourself or just you and your significant other. Something that really makes you think and rethink.
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This is a great movie, one of my all-time favorites. I was so looking forward to seeing it on DVD. Unfortunately, it's a disaster of a product. The print is TERRIBLE. The contrast is awful. The color is poor. Even the FOCUS is bad. There are moments mid-film when the bottom edge has an annoying digital flicker. And to top it all off, it's full-screen. What a disappointment. This film deserves better.
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This is a wonderful, warm, tender film that is very enjoyable. Filmed in the early 80's, it's pacing may seem slow at times compared to the ultra-sleek, CGI rehashes being released today, but this movie has charm and feeling and a persona all its own that shouldn't be rushed. The scenery is incredibly beautiful, and Robert MacNaughton gives a fine performance as the main character, Adam Farmer. Adam is searching for his father and receiving psychiatric treatment as he tries to recall the buried memories of his past. No one around him seems to be able to offer any substantial help as he presses on to discover the painful truth awaiting him. Twist ending. Based on the book by Robert Cormier. Robert MacNaughton sure did a lot of bicycle riding in his film career! :)
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