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Based on a novel by Colleen McCullough (The Thorn Birds), this "May-December romance" stars Piper Laurie as Mary Horton, a lonely middle-aged American career woman who hires a handsome, mildly retarded young handyman named Tim (played by 22-year-old Mel Gibson in his third screen role). At first keeping her distance, Mary is drawn closer to Tim as the days pass. When Tim's mother dies, Mary becomes his surrogate mother, a relationship that deepens into romantic love. Tim's older sister Dawn (Deborah Kennedy) resents Mary's "intrusion" into their lives, but Tim's dad Ron (Alwyn Kurts) blesses the relationship, realizing that it is beneficial to both parties. Director Michael Pate avoids all opportunities to cheapen or sensationalize the material; while Tim and Mary do end up in bed, it is a sweet moment, not a prurient one. Tim was produced for Australian television. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Australian Film Institute Awards Mel Gibson Best Actor 1979 Winner

Cast

Piper Laurie
as Mary Horton
Mel Gibson
as Tim Melville
Alwyn Kurts
as Ron Melville
Pat Evison
as Emily Melville
Peter Gwynne
as Tom Ainsley
Margo Lee
as Mrs. Harrington
James Condon
as Mr. Harrington
Kevin Leslie
as Curly Campbell
Catherine Bray
as Mrs. Martinson
Doris Goddard
as Barmaid Maudie
Allan Penney
as Storekeeper Thompson
Michael Caulfield
as John Harrington

Crew

Michael Pate
Director
Michael Pate
Producer
Michael Pate
Screenwriter
Colleen McCullough
Book Author
Paul Onorato
Cinematographer
Eric Jupp
Composer (Music Score)
David Stiven
Editor
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