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 … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama
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On DVD: May 29, 2007


as Mary Horton

as Tim Melville

as Ron Melville

as Emily Melville

as Tom Ainsley

as Dawn Melville

as Mick Harrington

as John Harrington

as Mrs. Harrington

as Mr. Harrington

as Curly Campbell

as Storekeeper Thompson

as Barmaid Maudie

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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