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I Am the Cheese (1983)

I Am the Cheese (1983)





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In this interesting drama based on a novel by Robert Cormier, flashbacks to two different periods of time mixed with scenes from the present slowly unveil the mysterious circumstances surrounding a lonely teen (Robert MacNaughton) who meets regularly with a psychiatrist delving into his past. The boy is in an institution and often rides around the grounds on his bicycle, pretending that the guards, groundskeepers, and personnel are his enemies. As the psychiatrist probes deeper, more of the boy's family's past comes to light. His father (Don Murray) had been a successful journalist until he testified in a criminal court case that made him a target of assassins -- and so he faked his death in an accident, changed his name, and moved out to Vermont. He never told his son who he was, and when he and his wife (Hope Lange) are killed one day in an "accident" the boy sees it and goes into shock. Now as he continues in his treatments at the institution, he begins to suspect that his psychiatrist and the institution's staff are, in fact, his father's enemies and orchestrated the assassination of his parents.

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Robert MacNaughton
as Adam Farmer
Hope Lange
as Betty Farmer
Don Murray
as David Farmer
Robert Wagner
as Dr. Brint
Frank McGurran
as Young Adam
Milford Keene
as Harvester
Joey Jerome
as Whipper
Jeff Rumney
as Counterman
David Lange
as Montgomery
John Bernek
as Store Owner
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Critic Reviews for I Am the Cheese

All Critics (2)

...an odd bit of storytelling, a black fantasy lent resonance by the current events revelations of the 1970s

June 27, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

But so much of Cheese makes so little sense, it all comes off like an after-school special

May 31, 2005

Audience Reviews for I Am the Cheese


This was a good movie based off of really good book. The best part was Robert Cormier's appearance.


You can't say this movie isn't original, that's for sure. However, it turns into an overly confusing story within the first ten minutes due to the editing and lack of information. I kind've like that Robert MacHaughton is so amateuristic in this, it sort of fits Adam as a character. Emotions are so inconsistent that you really don't know what to expect. The look of the movie is really interesting, it looks like it was filmed on a 4:3 super 8 camera.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Mediocre adaptation of a great young adult novel by Robert Cormier. It would be nice to see a decent film adaptation of this classic work in the future.

Matthew Copeland
Matthew Copeland

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