(director/writer: Michael Pate; screenwriter: from the novel by Colleen
McCullough; cinematographer: Paul Onarato;
Stiven; music: Eric Jupp; cast: Piper Laurie (Mary Horton), Mel Gibson (Tim Melville), Alwyn Kurts (Ron Melville), Pat Evison (Emily Melville), Deborah Kennedy (Dawn Melville), Peter Gwynne (Tom Ainsley);
Runtime: 108; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Michael
"The slight sentimental film is nothing special."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
actor Michael Pate directs his only film, a sugary
romantic drama that has little to say that's
bland pic is set in Sydney. It's based on the novel by Colleen McCullough.
Mel Gibson plays the decent innocent hunky 24-year-old
retarded handyman Tim Melville, who lives with his
caring working-class parents (Alwyn Kurts and Pat
wealthy middle-aged spinster Mary Horton (Piper
Laurie) hires him as her gardener and slowly a romance
develops. We learn nothing about the fortysomething
attractive woman, and wonder why she has no suitors or
friends. Why she falls madly in love with the
child-like Tim is never made clear except lust seems
to be the motivation.
Gibson is well-suited for
the role, but the slight sentimental film is nothing
special. It's only believable as soap opera, as the
trite dialogue is far from real. In 1996, it was
remade as a TV movie called Mary & Tim.
REVIEWED ON 9/10/2011 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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