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Tim (1979)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 13 July 1979 (Australia)
A somewhat mentally handicapped 20-year-old man works as a laborer, but everyone abuses his naiveté. A nice 40-year-old American woman hires him one day and they become close. However, the town and his family see her as predatory.

Director:

Michael Pate

Writers:

Colleen McCullough (novel), Michael Pate
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Piper Laurie ... Mary Horton
Mel Gibson ... Tim Melville
Alwyn Kurts Alwyn Kurts ... Ron Melville
Pat Evison Pat Evison ... Em Melville
Peter Gwynne Peter Gwynne ... Tom Ainsley
Deborah Kennedy ... Dawnie Melville
David Foster David Foster ... Mick Harrington
Michael Caulfield Michael Caulfield ... John Martinson
Margo Lee Margo Lee ... Mrs. Harrington
James Condon James Condon ... Mr. Harrington
Brenda Senders Brenda Senders ... Mrs. Parker
Kevin Leslie Kevin Leslie ... Curly
Allan Penney Allan Penney ... Mr. Thompson
Brian Barrie Brian Barrie ... Dr. Perkins
Geoff Usher Geoff Usher ... Minister
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Storyline

Tim is a young man with below average intelligence. He works as a builder's labourer, and is often taken advantage of by his fellow workers and other people. Mary asks Tim to work around her yard for a day. The day stretches into a few weekends, and the two soon become good friends. Some people, however, are suspicious of their friendship which seems to be continually strengthening, accusing Mary of taking advantage of Tim's innocence. Will changing circumstances in Tim's family life change his relationship with Mary? Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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A Heartrending Story of Courage and Devotion See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1979 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Writer/director Michael Pate was so impressed with Piper Laurie's performance as the title character in Ruby (1977) that he sought her out to star as Mary Horton in this film. See more »

Goofs

The boom and the shadow of the boom operator follow Mary out of her kitchen in the bottom right of the screen at the beginning of the film. See more »

Quotes

Tim Melville: [Excitedly] Did ya hear that? I'm going to the beach with Mary!
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Connections

Version of Mary & Tim (1996) See more »

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An Extremely Tender Love Story
1 September 2004 | by beebertieSee all my reviews

Tim is the first movie I ever seen with Mel Gibson. He portrays the character of a retarded young man to perfection. I was so impressed with the concept of the story that I bought the book and read it twice. The innocent child-like love between the characters of Tim and Mary Horton (Piper Laurie)is very refreshing. You will laugh, as well as cry, while you see the characters come to life and grow before your eyes. These two lonely people are placed in a situation where they genuinely really need each other. There is another movie that is based upon the story: "Mary & Tim", which stars Candice Bergen of the sitcom "Murphy Brown". You might want to give that one a look see as well.


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