Tim (1979)

Tim (1979)





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In this Australian film, Mary Horton is a lonely middle-aged American career woman who hires a handsome, mildly retarded handyman named Tim. At first keeping her distance, Mary is drawn closer to Tim. When Tim's mother dies, Mary becomes his surrogate mother, a relationship that deepens into romantic love.
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Piper Laurie
as Mary Horton
Mel Gibson
as Tim Melville
Alwyn Kurts
as Ron Melville
Pat Evison
as Em Melville
Peter Gwynne
as Tom Ainsley
Deborah Kennedy
as Dawn Melville
David Foster
as Mick Harrington
Margo Lee
as Mrs. Harrington
James Condon
as Mr. Harrington
Michael Caulfield
as John Martinson
Brenda Senders
as Mrs. Parker
Brian Barrie
as Dr. Perkins
Kevin Leslie
as Curly Campbell
Louise Pago
as Secretary
Arthur Faynes
as Ambulance Attendant
Geoff Usher
as Minister
Sheila McGuire-Taylor
as Marriage Celebrant
Allan Penney
as Storekeeper Thompson
Catherine Bray
as Mrs. Martinson
Doris Goddard
as Barmaid Maudie
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Critic Reviews for Tim

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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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Audience Reviews for Tim

Tim is a cloying, if heartfelt, fairytale about a simple gardener who falls in love with an older, American businesswoman.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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.

Jonathan Porras
Jonathan Porras

A very young Mel Gibson running around in short, shorts and athletic t-shirts gets hired by a middle aged business spinster who eventually marries Mel even though Mel is incapable of anything but French kissing. He's not quite right in the head, as his folks, wonderfully played much older types, take care of him lovingly. A sister who is jealous of his covorting with this older woman, strikes out after the mother's well acted death. Helping Mel (ie Tim) through the grief of his mother's death, soon helps him through his father's death, who could't get past his wife's passing. "Tim", the movie, is about as far fetched as they get. Although tongues wag in this Australian beach town when Tim and Mary (ie older woman), the father is very supportive of the relationship, almost coming to blows with is his new son in law over it. Whle "Tim" is very much less than good cinematography, in fact it is like a tv movie as it must have been in Austrailia, and this is the big drawback and the reason for only a 70% rating. Truth be known, however, this movie, if you watch it to the end, is a very touching and heartwarming example of love conquering all. Mary (Tim's employer and eventual "lover", if it can be called that) is NOT "using" Tim at all, as most the town suspects. In fact, she shuns Tim's advances. The wedding is rejected by her at first, but comes as advice from a expert she sees on television. She does marry Tim, but you can see their honeymoon is anything but satisfying for her in any sexual way. She seems happy with that however, and the tale is about two handicapped persons, one (Mary) shy and retreating, and Tim who is 24 going on 12. A bizarre and most improbable plot, well acted by poorly filmed. Still, worth watching and that ain't too bad for me.

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