Little Man Tate

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Released 1991

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Director:
Jodie Foster
Released:
1991
Rating:
PG
Little Man Tate is the acclaimed 1991 drama from first time director, legendary actress Jodie Foster. Dede Tate (Foster, Silence of the Lambs, Contact), a single mother struggling to provide for herself and her ingenious son, Fred (Adam Hann-Byrd), who is modestly aware of his talents, but simply wants to be accepted by his peers; to be `normal'. Jane Grierson (Dianne Wiest, Edward Scissorhands), the director of a special school for gifted children, who notices Fred's abilities and wants him to join her group on a trip to academic competitions. During that time, she becomes attached to Fred and begins to act as a mother figure to him. She pretends that Fred is her own son since she has no family of her own. However, Fred is pushed too far and returns home to his mother. Dede successfully portrays the strong bond between mother and son and the love they have for each other. Neither one really realizes the importance of having the other to support them until they are apart.moreless

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  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Little Man Tate is the kind of movie you enjoy watching; it's about interesting people finding out about themselves.

  • 67

    Austin Chronicle Steve Davis

    Although Scott Frank's screenplay has more than a few holes in it...they're forgivable, mostly because this movie is so utterly likable. Little Man Tate is a small movie by industr...

  • 58

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Little Man Tate keeps introducing characters and narrative lines that seem promising, but it doesn't sustain them. The movie feels like three Afterschool Specials welded together.

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