Little Man Tate

Little Man Tate (1991)

It's not what he knows. It's what he understands.

  • Genre: Drama, Family
  • Release Date: 1991-09-06
  • User Rating: 6.6/10 from 266 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 39min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Orion Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Jodie Foster
star 6.6/10
From 266 Ratings


Dede is a sole parent trying to bring up her son Fred. When it is discovered that Fred is a genius, she is determined to ensure that Fred has all the opportunities that he needs, and that he is not taken advantage of by people who forget that his extremely powerful intellect is harboured in the body and emotions of a child.

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  • Jodie Foster

    as Dede Tate
  • Dianne Wiest

    as Jane Grierson
  • Adam Hann-Byrd

    as Fred Tate
  • Harry Connick Jr.

    as Eddie
  • David Hyde Pierce

    as Garth Emmerick
  • Debi Mazar

    as Gina
  • P.J. Ochlan

    as Damon Wells
  • Michael Shulman

    as Matt Montini
  • Celia Weston

    as Miss Nimvel
  • George Plimpton

    as Winston F. Buckner
  • Bob Balaban

    as Quizmaster
  • Josh Mostel

    as Physics Professor
  • Danitra Vance

    as Clinic Doctor
  • Jennifer Trier

    as Grierson Institute Teacher
  • Carolyn Lawrence

    as Sorority Girl
  • Michael Mantell

    as Coral Bay Owner
  • Gordon Greene

    as Fred's Doctor
  • Alex Lee

    as Fred Tate at 2
  • Ellen McElduff

    as Make-Up Woman
Editing Lynzee Klingman Editor
Directing Jodie Foster Director
Production Peggy Rajski Producer
Sound Mark Isham Original Music Composer
Writing Scott Frank Screenplay
Directing Mary Cybulski Script Supervisor
Production Lina Todd Casting
Production Avy Kaufman Casting
Art Jon Hutman Production Design
Art Erich W. Schultz Construction Coordinator
Costume & Make-Up Juliet Polcsa Assistant Costume Designer
Editing John Ganem First Assistant Editor
Art Beth Bernstein Art Department Coordinator
Costume & Make-Up Susan Lyall Costume Design
Art Samara Schaffer Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Catherine Wall Seamstress
Art Adam Lustig Art Direction
Production Randy Stone Executive Producer
Production Scott Rudin Producer
Camera Mike Southon Director of Photography
Camera Henry Cline First Assistant Camera
Camera Amy Vincent Second Assistant Camera
Camera Toby Phillips Steadicam Operator
Directing Gregory Jacobs Second Assistant Director
Crew Charles Croughwell Stunts
Crew Christine Anne Baur Stunt Coordinator