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The Tic Code Details


Actress [[Performer~P20091~Polly Draper~pollydraper]], best known for her role on the TV series thirtysomething, wrote and co-produced this family drama, as well as playing the female lead. Draper plays Laura, a single mother whose ten-year-old son Miles ([[Performer~P199138~Christopher Marquette~christophermarquette]]) is already displaying a remarkable gift as a jazz pianist. However, Miles suffers from a mild case Tourette's Syndrome, a disorder that's not life threatening but causes victims to display a series of pronounced physical and facial tics, as well as occasional emotional outbursts. Miles makes friends with two bartenders at a jazz club, who let the kid sneak in to see shows and eventually introduce him to acclaimed jazz saxophonist Tyrone Pike ([[Performer~P32443~Gregory Hines~gregoryhines]]). It seems Tyrone and Miles have something in common -- Tyrone also has Tourette's, but unlike Miles he's learned to disguise his condition with a variety of mannerisms, and prefers not to discuss the matter. Tension develops between the two when Tyrone and Laura develop a mutual attraction, which creates tension between the two musicians and forces Tyrone to confront some personal issues he's spent much of his life avoiding. The Tic Code was shown at the Vancouver Reel to Real Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, the Hamptons Film Festival and the Giffoni Film Festival in 1999 before its run on the Starz! premium cable service. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:August 4, 2000


Gregory Hines
as Tyrone
Polly Draper
as Laura
Christopher Marquette
as Miles
Desmond Robertson
as Todd
James McCaffrey
as Michael
Carol Kane
as Miss Gimpole
Bill Nunn
as Kingston
Tony Shalhoub
as Phil
Fisher Stevens
as Morris
Camryn Manheim
as Mrs. Swensrut
David Johansen
as Marvin


Gary Winick
Sarah Pillsbury
Polly Draper
Karen Tangorra
Polly Draper
Wolfgang Held
Michael Wolff
Composer (Music Score)
Barry Cole
Musical Direction/Supervision
Bill Pankow
Rick Butler
Production Designer
Michael Wolff
Catherine Pierson
Set Designer
Karen Perry
Costume Designer
Brian Miksis
Sound/Sound Designer
Georgianne Walken
Sheila Jaffe
Diana Schmidt
Line Producer