Little Man Tate


Little Man Tate

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For her directorial debut, Jodie Foster selected a subject she was undoubtedly all-too-familiar with--the struggles faced by a child prodigy. Foster plays Dede Tate, the mother of seven-year-old Fred (Adam Hann-Byrd), a boy genius who is sent to a school for exceptional students where his intellect can be more properly guided.

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Jodie Foster
as Dede Tate
Dianne Wiest
as Jane Grierson
Adam Hann-Byrd
as Fred Tate
P.J. Ochlan
as Damon Wells
George Plimpton
as Winston F. Buckner
Michael Shulman
as Matt Montini
Nathan Lee
as Matt's Teammate
Celia Weston
as Miss Nimvel
Danitra Vance
as Clinic Doctor
Jennifer Trier
as Grierson Institute Teacher
John Bell
as Joey X
Alex Lee
as Fred Tate (age 2)
Ishe Costa
as Cherry Reynolds
Richard Hanson
as 1st Odyssey of the Mind Leader
Mar Ya Zuke
as 2nd Odyssey of the Mind Leader
Josh Mostel
as Physics Professor
Michael Mantell
as Coral Bay Owner
Erica Staton
as Girl Outside Classroom
Michael Keavey
as Auctioneer
Carolyn Lawrence
as Sorority Girl
George S. Kaufman
as Eddie's Friend
Gordon Greene
as Fred's Doctor
Barry Williams
as Preppy Guy in Cafeteria
Barry J. Williams
as Preppy Guy in Cafeteria
Alexandra Auder
as Eddie's Girlfriend
Sam Womelsdorf
as Eddie's Roommate
Ellen McElduff
as Make-Up Woman
Sheadrick Richards
as `Livewire' Boy Guest
Elizabeth Frietsch
as `Livewire' Girl Guest
Bob Balaban
as Odyssey of the Mind Questioner
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Audience Reviews for Little Man Tate

  • Jun 29, 2014
    I had mixed feelings after I watched this movie. It was entertaining, but not that enlightening.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2010
    The feeling of balancing being exceptionally gifted balanced with getting on with everyday life is very well captures in Jodie Foster's directitorial debut. Of interest to anyone who has ever been shod with the yoke of banality when all they want to do is move forward. Adam Hann-Byrd works like an inigma which draws the audience deeper into his plight to fit into his place in the world. Diane Weist cannot make a bad movie. The movies only flaw is that Fosters even handed balancing act with the plethora of well developed characters detracts from the arc of the story, like a mobile(sculpture) with symmetrical parts, the detracts from the sense of the kinetic nature.
    Bill C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2009
    An awesome Movie I ll never forget.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 22, 2009
    It was interesting to see Jodie Foster in her first and only directorial debut, but overall the film was a little bit dull and boring, very slow at times. I really wanted to create empathy and interest towadrs the characters, but I wasn't fully able to do it. Nice and modest effort, but I wish I could've spent my time in watching something else. 50/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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