That's What I Am

Synopsis: A coming-of-age story set in 1965 that follows 12-year-old Andy Nichol (Chase Ellison), a bright student who, like most kids his age, will do anything to avoid conflict for fear of suffering overwhelming ridicule and punishment from his junior high school peers. Everyone's favorite teacher, Mr. Simon (Ed Harris), pairs Andy with the school's biggest outcast and social pariah, Stanley, aka "Big G" (Alexander Walters), on a critical term project. Sporting thick orange hair, a head too big for his body and ears too big for his head, "Big G" has been the object of ridicule since grade school. Before long, Andy will learn that there was truly a method behind Mr. Simon's madness as to why he teamed these two up. As the story unfolds, Mr. Simon finds himself the target of a malicious rumor after Principal Kelner (Amy Madigan) suspends a school bully for brutally beating up a female classmate whom he thinks has "cooties." When Andy watches "Big G" fearlessly confront the school bully, a series
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Michael Pavone
Production: Samuel Goldwyn Films
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min


Dallas police arrested Lee Harvey Os...

- solemn moment that marks

the continuity of the president's office.

Jet pilots wear them.

Skydivers wear them.

Joined in nonviolent protest...

...of the widespread discrimination

throughout the country...

How does a train go?

Miss America contest.

From 54 lovely hopefuls, down to 10.

Train track.

- Terrific.

- The Army-Navy game.

Grassy setting for...

You can both have the glasses.

They come in Duz.

- In Duz?

- In Duz?

Gerry and the Pacemakers.

- Powered big shot comes complete

with three rubber- tip missiles.

Protests against the war persisted.

A growing voice however

call the demonstrations treachery.

As the year began, the quarter million

Americans face the communists in...

"Joan looked at the generals and said:

'My business is not with you.

You have not craved a council of war.'

Then she turned toward the king's

privy council and continued.

'No, it is with you. A council of war.'

It is amazing.

Councils of war have no value...

...but to decide between two

or several doubtful courses.

But a council of war

when there is only one course?"'

Big G had a head of flaming red...

No, make that orange hair.

The G stood for ginger.

A derogatory term for redheads.

Big G was easily a foot taller

than anyone else in the school.

Even so, his head was still too big

for his body.

And his ears too big for his head.

One might think

in order to compensate...

... Big G might have been blessed

with a handsome face.

After all, Clark Gable had big ears.

Lucille Ball had orange hair, yet for them,

there was compensation.

Not so for Big G.

"...the march upon Paris."

Did I say children were cruel?


even God has his moments.

"She replied, 'Indeed?

And will Your Excellency

be good enough to utter them?

Cowardice and treachery,'

said Joan scornfully."

That's where we'll finish today.

Okay, so the last few minutes of class,

I wanna talk to you about your final project.

You'll be working in teams of two.

To make it fair and so each of you

won't be picking your friend to work with...

...I have decided to pair you up myself.

Each team will receive one grade.

So you must work together.

Discover each other's strengths

and capitalize on them.

All right? Here we go.

Miss Tyler will be working

with Mr. Wiley.

Miss Archer will be working

with Mr. Valero.

Miss Katzman will be working

with Miss Franz.

Mr. Nichol will be working

with Mr. Minor.

All right, class, I would like to have it

absolutely quiet. Please.

There's no reason

for that kind of behavior.

I'll put this list up on the board so the rest

can see who you're teamed with.

The assignment will be due

at the end of the semester.

And I will see you tomorrow.

Thank you.

Good luck.

Mr. Nichol?

I want you to know

I paired you with Stanley for a reason.

You're very fortunate,

so please don't disappoint me.


Your thoughts?

Well, Mr. Simon, I just don't think

I'm the right partner for Big...

- I mean, Stanley.

- And why is that?

Well, he's a lot smarter than I am.

And I'm not a very good writer.

I could screw him up.

Well, I beg to differ from you, Andrew.

I find your writing fascinating.

You're a keen observer

with a colorful perspective.

In fact, underneath the poor grammar

and the atrocious spelling...

...I believe there lies the heart and soul

of a great writer.

- Really?

- Really.

Do you enjoy writing?

Sort of. Sometimes.

The making-up-the-story part at least.

Well, if you enjoy something

and you're good at it...

...then first you must define yourself

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Michael Pavone

Michael "Mike" Pavone is an American film director, screenwriter, television producer/writer and former executive vice president of WWE Studios with WWE before his departure from the company in August 2011. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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