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Tim (1979)

Tim (1979)






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Based on a novel by Colleen McCullough (The Thorn Birds), this "May-December romance" stars Piper Laurie as Mary Horton, a lonely middle-aged American career woman who hires a handsome, mildly retarded young handyman named Tim (played by 22-year-old Mel Gibson in his third screen role). At first keeping her distance, Mary is drawn closer to Tim as the days pass. When Tim's mother dies, Mary becomes his surrogate mother, a relationship that deepens into romantic love. Tim's older sister Dawn (Deborah Kennedy) resents Mary's "intrusion" into their lives, but Tim's dad Ron (Alwyn Kurts) blesses the relationship, realizing that it is beneficial to both parties. Director Michael Pate avoids all opportunities to cheapen or sensationalize the material; while Tim and Mary do end up in bed, it is a sweet moment, not a prurient one. Tim was produced for Australian television. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama
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On DVD: May 29, 2007


Piper Laurie
as Mary Horton
Mel Gibson
as Tim Melville
Alwyn Kurts
as Ron Melville
Pat Evison
as Emily Melville
Peter Gwynne
as Tom Ainsley
Deborah Kennedy
as Dawn Melville
David Foster
as Mick Harrington
Michael Caulfield
as John Harrington
Margo Lee
as Mrs. Harrington
James Condon
as Mr. Harrington
Kevin Leslie
as Curly Campbell
Allan Penney
as Storekeeper Thompson
Doris Goddard
as Barmaid Maudie
Catherine Bray
as Mrs. Martinson
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Tim comes close to reproducing the plot of Doubt, in negative-space fashion. That is, for this go-round, we spend all our time with the uncomprehending kid (if he is uncomprehending?) and his teacher-nurturer-desirer.

Full Review… | January 21, 2012
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Tim is a odd story of a mentally challenged young man (played wonderfully by Mel Gibson) and an older woman who fall in love amid personal and family crisis. Mel Gibson shines in one of his earliest roles as the love seeking mentally challenged young man. It is easy to say shades of what was to come as Gibson gives a heartfelt believable performance in his quest to find love with the motherly Piper Laurie. Tim isn't a great film but the opportunity to see a young Aussie actor who would soon become a star give a real performance for love of the craft and not money is more than enough reason to seek out Tim.

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