Little Man Tate

Little Man Tate

Jodie Foster (1991)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Jodie Foster made an impressive directorial debut with this touching drama about a young mother (played by Foster) who is determined to get the best for her exceptionally gifted six-year-old son (an enjoyable performance from Adam Hann-Byrd). It has its clichéd moments, but you do get a feeling that Foster knows her subject matter - a child growing up too fast, and living in an adult world too soon - which, of course, she does, having worked as an actress since she was three. Moving without being cloying, the film also features some accomplished supporting performances, notably from Dianne Wiest, as a child psychologist, and from musician/actor Harry Connick Jr.


A devoted mother faces a dilemma thanks to her prodigiously talented son, who is a whiz at all things mathematical and musical - but struggles to fit in with his classmates. A psychologist intervenes, only to discover her involvement causes more problems than it solves. Drama, directed by and starring Jodie Foster, with Dianne Wiest, Adam Hann-Byrd and Harry Connick Jr.

Cast & Crew

Dede Tate Jodie Foster
Dr Jane Grierson Dianne Wiest
Fred Tate Adam Hann-Byrd
Eddie Harry Connick Jr
Garth David Hyde Pierce
Gina Debi Mazar
Damon Wells P J Ochlan
Fred, aged two Alex Lee
Matt Montini Michael Shulman
Miss Nimvel Celia Weston
Winston F Buckner George Plimpton
Director Jodie Foster
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia PicturesGuidance: Contains swearing. Available on: video and DVD