January 1st, 2004



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Matthew McConaughey and Dana Sessen in Tiptoes

Two brothers - a dwarf (Rolfe) and one normal-sized (Steve). When Steve's girlfriend Carol becomes pregnant...

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 5.0/10 (2,457 voted)

Director: Matthew Bright

Stars: Gary Oldman, Peter Dinklage, Kate Beckinsale

Two brothers - a dwarf (Rolfe) and one normal-sized (Steve). When Steve's girlfriend Carol becomes pregnant, the pair are fearful that the baby will inherit the dwarfism gene. Matters are complicated still further when she finds herself falling in love with Rolfe.

Gary Oldman - Rolfe
Peter Dinklage - Maurice
Kate Beckinsale - Carol
Matthew McConaughey - Steven Bedalia
Patricia Arquette - Lucy
Debbie Lee Carrington - Kitty Katz
Ed Gale - Bobby Barry
David Alan Grier - Jerry Robin Jr.
Marcia de Rousse - Kathleen
Kacie Borrowman - Margaret
Michael J. Anderson - Bruno
Cherub Freed - Tiffany (as Cherub Fried)
Alexa Nikolas - Susan Barry
Brittney Guzman - Janice
Santiago Segura - Motel Manager

Taglines: It's the Little Things in Life that Matter.

Release Date: January 2004

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Runtime: France:  | USA:

Plot holes: Steve is worried that his son might inherit the gene for dwarfism and become a dwarf himself. For the overwhelmingly most common form of dwarfism (known as "achondroplasia"), it is only possible to inherit the gene if either parent is a dwarf, which is obviously not the case. For the less common forms of heritable dwarfism, it is only possible to have a dwarf child if BOTH parents' families have a history of dwarfism, and the film does not show Carol's family to have such a history. In fact, Steve being the only average-sized individual from a family of dwarfs makes it overwhelmingly likely that he did NOT inherit any genes for dwarfism and therefore has a next-to-nothing chance of having a dwarf child.

Carol: So you had a circle jerk with a bunch of little people? I would love to see that!

User Review


Rating: 4/10

This film premiered at Sundance and I was happy to have the opportunity to see it. I am a big fan of Gary Oldman and was looking forward to seeing him play a dwarf. The storyline was interesting; however the movie fell flat. Strangely enough, I was distracted by Oldman's portrayal of a dwarf...I kept wondering how they made him look so small instead of concentrating on the story. I never did figure out what Peter Dinklage and Patricia Arquette's characters had to do with the story; perhaps just to show that little people have relationships with "normal" size people...I don't know. I thought Dinklage, Arquette, Oldman and Kate Beckinsale all turned in good performances, but somehow all of them couldn't save this movie.


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