The Tic Code

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Released 1997

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The Tic Code

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Director:
Gary Winick
Released:
1997
Rating:
R
The Tic Code is a 1999 American film directed by Gary Winick and starring Chris Marquette, Polly Draper, Carol Kane, Tony Shalhoub, and Gregory Hines. Laura (Draper) a single mother whose ten year old son Miles (Marquette) is a gifted jazz pianist, discovers that her son suffers from a mild case of Tourette's Syndrome. Because of his musical talent, however, Miles becomes friends with two of the bartenders at a local jazz club. They regularly sneak Miles into shows and when Miles meets famed saxophonist Tyrone Pike (Hines), they becomes fast friends. Tyrone also suffers from Tourette's syndrome, but has hidden it his entire life. Tyrone and Laura develop a budding romance and when Miles becomes jealous of his mother, Tyrone is forced to confront personal problems he had long since hidden away. The Tic Code won the Crystal Bear Award for Best Feature Film at the Berlin International Film Festival.

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Starts out self-consciously but gets better as it goes along, winding up as affecting as it is illuminating.

  • 75

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Badly lit and at times, awkwardly inspirational, yet there's real feeling in it, especially when the movie suggests that Tourette's syndrome is every bit as pure an expression of t...

  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Like most movies that examine specific ailments, this gawky, occasionally touching film has the feel of a dramatized case history whose purpose is to educate as much as it is to te...

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