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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 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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Moving. Impressive. Stunning! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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: You told me that one day I would be so happy that I'd cry
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A "MUST-SEE" for those who are open minded enough to accept romances between older women & younger men !!!
28 July 2004 | by R1H2B3See all my reviews

Even though we now live in the 21st century, there are still many people who cannot bring themselves to accept anything that is out of the "norm". There still exist segments of our societies, that perpetuate the practices of intolerance.....especially when it comes to romance. For such individuals, this movie "TIM", is no doubt unbearable to even look at.

However, for those of us who are not stuck in the ways of the closed minded past, "TIM" is an example of a movie that is ahead of it's time. It is the touching story of two people, who find happiness and love, through an unorthodox relationship.

This film explores a romantic relationship between two people, that on paper, would seem almost unbelievable. Yet magnificently, this story is portrayed so well on screen, that it seems as realistic and natural as any other common relationship.

Yes Mel Gibson is in this film, but as a heterosexual male, my favorite character is played by leading lady Piper Laurie...........Who just so happens to be H - O - T, Hot Hot Hot !!!!!

In the words of young people today, " She's a real M.I.L.F. !!!!! " My goodness,......that flaming red hair and that navy blue bathing suit she wears at the end.....(Oh be still my beating heart !!!!) Piper Laurie is absolutely gorgeous in this film. If you can appreciate the beauty of an older woman, then this DVD is worth buying just to see her !!

What makes this movie so sweet though, is that there is nothing in this story that is perverted about their romance. You truly fall in love with Piper Laurie, as an honest woman who genuinely cares. Although she is an accomplished and successful woman, she is as emotionally innocent as Mel Gibson's character. Their romance develops naturally, and without sex as an ulterior motive.

This film, in it's own quiet little way, shows us that just because a relationship might seem bizarre to you, does not mean that there's anything wrong with it. The love of a lifetime, can spring forth between the most unlikely people.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1979 (Australia) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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