A Child Is Waiting (1963)
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Produced by Stanley Kramer, A Child is Waiting is set in an institution for the mentally handicapped, with many actual residents playing supporting and bit roles. Doctor Burt Lancaster and instructor Judy Garland often find themselves at odds over teaching methods, with Garland preferring an intense one-on-one approach with her students. Bruce Ritchey, a non-developmentally challenged youth, plays the retarded son of Gena Rowlands and Steven Hill, whose intellectual and social progress becomes
Jan 1, 1963 Wide
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Burt Lancaster delivers a firm, sincere, persuasive and unaffected performance.
One should learn a great deal from this picture -- all of which should be helpful and give hope.
John Cassavetes takes a shot at straight commercial filmmaking (1963), and the results are a little wide of the mark.
John Cassavetes's attempt at commercial cinema is uncharacteristically conventional and sentimental melodrama, but it contains some emotional sequences between Judy Garland and the mentally challenged children.
This film draws from the social stance of a Stanley Kramer and the institutional approach of a Frederick Wiseman and rises above their judgmental attitudes to produce a wonderfully provocative and sympathetic film.
The film ran into trouble with Cassavetes's attempt to bring his unconventional improvisational style to the shoot.
Garland is moving in rare dramatic role.
Taken away from Cassavetes by not very nice producer Kramer for some Hollywood-style re-editing, this is nevertheless clearly the work of one of cinema's greatest talents.
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