The Tic Code


1h 31m 1998

Brief Synopsis

Miles is a bright twelve-year-old with an extraordinary talent for jazz piano. His musical genius sets him apart from his schoolmates and creates problems with his music teacher, but he also suffers from Tourette Syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes uncontrollable tics and grunts. The class

Film Details

Also Known As
Tic Code
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1998
Production Company
First Look Holdings; First Look Holdings
Distribution Company
Lionsgate; Lionsgate; Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 31m

Synopsis

Miles is a bright twelve-year-old with an extraordinary talent for jazz piano. His musical genius sets him apart from his schoolmates and creates problems with his music teacher, but he also suffers from Tourette Syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes uncontrollable tics and grunts. The class bully torments him mercilessly, the school principal wants to pump him with mind-numbing medication, and his own father--a jazz pianist who has left the family--is clearly embarrassed by his son's affliction. For Miles, the only escape is music. With his best friend he finds refuge at the renowned jazz club, The Village Vanguard, where the older musicians easily accept him. One day Laura, Miles' shy, overprotective mother, accompanies him to a jam session that she has arranged with his idol, the saxophonist Tyrone Pike, who has Tourette Syndome as well. This connection serves to both bond and alienate the two, as Pike lives in denial of his own condition.

Film Details

Also Known As
Tic Code
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1998
Production Company
First Look Holdings; First Look Holdings
Distribution Company
Lionsgate; Lionsgate; Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 31m

Articles

Gregory Hines, 1946-2003


Gregory Hines, the lithe, elegant entertainer who trilled audiences on stage, film and television, died of cancer on August 9 in Los Angeles. He was 57.

Born Gregory Oliver Hines on February 14, 1946, in New York City, he began taking dance lessons at age three and by the time he was six he and his brother Maurice were performing jazz tap at Harlem's Apollo Theater. By 1954, Hines was already on Broadway when he joined the cast of the Broadway musical The Girl in Pink Tights. He then spent the next 20 years perfecting the craft and art of tap dancing as he toured with his brother and father Maurice Sr. in a nightclub circuit act called "Hines, Hines and Dad", before he left in 1973 to form a rock band called Severance in Southern California.

Itching to put his dancing shoes on again, Hines made it back to New York a few years later and in 1978, scored his first Broadway success with Eubie, and earned a Tony nomination. With his vitality, charm and grace, Hines became one of the leading lights on Broadway for the next few years, as exemplified by two more Broadway hits in Comin' Uptown (1980) and Sophisticated Ladies (1981), for which he received two more Tony nominations for his performances.

His charismatic presence made him natural for films, and he notched his first film role as a last minute replacement for Richard Pryor in Mel Brooks' History of the World, Part I (1981), where he immediately displayed his sharp comic abilities. Other solid roles followed over the next decade: an unorthodox coroner in Michael Wadleigh's urban thriller Wolfen (1981); a nightclub dancer in Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club (1984); an American defector to the Soviet Union in Taylor Hackford's overheated melodrama White Nights (1985); a wise-cracking cop in Peter Hyam's Running Scared (1986), and as the fast-talking con artist Goldy in Bill Duke's underrated A Rage in Harlem (1991).

He returned to Broadway in 1992 for his biggest triumph, a portrayal of Jelly Roll Morton, the famed jazz composer, in Jelly's Last Jam and earned a Tony Award in the process. A few more film appearances came in the '90's, most memorably in Forest Whitaker's Waiting to Exhale (1995), but Hines found a new lease on his career when he appeared on the small screen. He played a single father in a fine, if short-lived sitcom The Gregory Hines Show (1997-98); was popular as Ben Doucette, a love interest for Grace in the hugely popular show Will & Grace for two seasons (1999-2001); and received strong critical notice for his moving take as Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in the television film Bojangles (2001) that he also produced. His last televised appearance was in June 2002, when he co-hosted the Tony Awards with Bernadette Peters. In addition to his father and brother, he is survived by his fiancee Negrita Jayde; a daughter, Daria Hines; a son, Zach; a stepdaughter, Jessica Koslow; and a grandson.

by Michael T. Toole
Gregory Hines, 1946-2003

Gregory Hines, 1946-2003

Gregory Hines, the lithe, elegant entertainer who trilled audiences on stage, film and television, died of cancer on August 9 in Los Angeles. He was 57. Born Gregory Oliver Hines on February 14, 1946, in New York City, he began taking dance lessons at age three and by the time he was six he and his brother Maurice were performing jazz tap at Harlem's Apollo Theater. By 1954, Hines was already on Broadway when he joined the cast of the Broadway musical The Girl in Pink Tights. He then spent the next 20 years perfecting the craft and art of tap dancing as he toured with his brother and father Maurice Sr. in a nightclub circuit act called "Hines, Hines and Dad", before he left in 1973 to form a rock band called Severance in Southern California. Itching to put his dancing shoes on again, Hines made it back to New York a few years later and in 1978, scored his first Broadway success with Eubie, and earned a Tony nomination. With his vitality, charm and grace, Hines became one of the leading lights on Broadway for the next few years, as exemplified by two more Broadway hits in Comin' Uptown (1980) and Sophisticated Ladies (1981), for which he received two more Tony nominations for his performances. His charismatic presence made him natural for films, and he notched his first film role as a last minute replacement for Richard Pryor in Mel Brooks' History of the World, Part I (1981), where he immediately displayed his sharp comic abilities. Other solid roles followed over the next decade: an unorthodox coroner in Michael Wadleigh's urban thriller Wolfen (1981); a nightclub dancer in Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club (1984); an American defector to the Soviet Union in Taylor Hackford's overheated melodrama White Nights (1985); a wise-cracking cop in Peter Hyam's Running Scared (1986), and as the fast-talking con artist Goldy in Bill Duke's underrated A Rage in Harlem (1991). He returned to Broadway in 1992 for his biggest triumph, a portrayal of Jelly Roll Morton, the famed jazz composer, in Jelly's Last Jam and earned a Tony Award in the process. A few more film appearances came in the '90's, most memorably in Forest Whitaker's Waiting to Exhale (1995), but Hines found a new lease on his career when he appeared on the small screen. He played a single father in a fine, if short-lived sitcom The Gregory Hines Show (1997-98); was popular as Ben Doucette, a love interest for Grace in the hugely popular show Will & Grace for two seasons (1999-2001); and received strong critical notice for his moving take as Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in the television film Bojangles (2001) that he also produced. His last televised appearance was in June 2002, when he co-hosted the Tony Awards with Bernadette Peters. In addition to his father and brother, he is survived by his fiancee Negrita Jayde; a daughter, Daria Hines; a son, Zach; a stepdaughter, Jessica Koslow; and a grandson. by Michael T. Toole

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Winner of audience award for best feature film and Special Recognition for Music Used in a Movie at the 1998 Hamptons International Film Festival.

Limited Release in United States August 4, 2000

Released in United States 1998

Released in United States February 1999

Released in United States July 1999

Released in United States June 1998

Released in United States March 1999

Released in United States October 1998

Released in United States on Video February 27, 2001

Released in United States Summer August 4, 2000

Shown at American Film Market (AFM) in Santa Monica, California February 26 - March 6, 1998.

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Kinderfest) February 10-21, 1999.

Shown at Giffoni Film Festival July 19-26, 1999.

Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival (Contemporary International Cinema) in East Hampton, New York October 14-18, 1998.

Shown at Newport International Film Festival June 2-7, 1998.

Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival March 4-14, 1999.

Shown at Vancouver Reel to Real Festival March, 1999.

Feature screenwriting and acting debut for Polly Draper.

Sophomore directorial feature for Gary Winick, who debuted with "Sweet Nothing".

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at American Film Market (AFM) in Santa Monica, California February 26 - March 6, 1998.)

Released in United States February 1999 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Kinderfest) February 10-21, 1999.)

Released in United States on Video February 27, 2001

Released in United States March 1999 (Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival March 4-14, 1999.)

Began shooting May 19, 1997.

Completed shooting June 26, 1997.

Released in United States March 1999 (Shown at Vancouver Reel to Real Festival March, 1999.)

Released in United States June 1998 (Shown at Newport International Film Festival June 2-7, 1998.)

Released in United States July 1999 (Shown at Giffoni Film Festival July 19-26, 1999.)

Limited Release in United States August 4, 2000

Released in United States Summer August 4, 2000

Released in United States October 1998 (Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival (Contemporary International Cinema) in East Hampton, New York October 14-18, 1998.)