Heartfelt and great film about kids that need help. Their parents are clueless, most of society can't deal with it. This is the definitive film about what a fifties generation took into their bodies by way of horrid drugs of the pharmaceutical industry. Are things so different now?
Stars Burt Lancaster as the schools principal and boy does he do a great job. He's just the best no matter what. He hires Judy Garland, perhaps her last film, as a want to be helper to the school. Although not qualified in credentials, she knows music.
This film is really all about Rubin, a really disturbed and lonely young boy. The film keeps going back to it. The story does have a romantic angle to it as well. Garland find out the principal, Lancaster, is separated from his wife.
Original Release Date: Jan 26, 1963 Directed by John Cassavetes (Rosemary's Baby) and produced by Stanley Kramer.
Burt Lancaster and Judy Garland star in this sensitive, uplifting drama about the struggle to help mentally-challenged children reach their fullest potential.
Lancaster says it best in the film, "Should't we be treating the parents rather than the children?"
M. Rick doesn't crawl away from heartfelt films like these and call them "sentimental". They aren't. They are terribly realistic. Just ask any mental health professional.
I strongly urge any film buff that has a film resonate with his/her belief that kids in need, .... need help.
Director: John Cassavetes
Set Decorator : Joseph Kish
Editor: Gene Fowler Jr.
Composer: Ernest Gold
Associate Producer: Philip Langner
Costume Designer: Joe King
Editor: Robert C. Jones
Producer: Stanley Kramer
Cinematographer: Joseph LaShelle
Screenplay: Abby Mann
Story by: Abby Mann
Costume Designer: Howard Shoup
Sound : James Speak
Production Designer: Rudolph Sternad