Little Man Tate (1991)




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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
Debi Mazar
as Gina
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
Richard Fredette
as Bartender
Jennifer Trier
as Grierson Institute Teacher
John Bell
as Joey X
Alex Lee
as Fred Tate (age 2)
Ishe Costa
as Cherry Reynolds
Chucky Ocampo
as Bob Yee
Richard Hanson
as 1st Odyssey of the Mind Leader
Mar Ya Zuke
as 2nd Odyssey of the Mind Leader
Mark Lienhart
as Fenton
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 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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Critic Reviews for Little Man Tate

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | February 4, 2009
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Little Man Tate


I had mixed feelings after I watched this movie. It was entertaining, but not that enlightening.

Red Lats
Red Lats

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An awesome Movie I ll never forget.

Wahida K
Wahida K

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I find stories of such genius? quite fascinating. Finding the balance between mental stimulation and having a ?normal? childhood for a child prodigy is a struggle.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

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