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The Sterile Cuckoo (Pookie) (1969)




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Liza Minnelli is Pookie Adams, a relentlessly kooky coed in The Sterile Cuckoo. The film's focus, however, is on Wendell Burton (likewise making his first screen appearance) as reserved young college student Jerry. He is actively pursued by the unpredictable Pookie, who helps him to survive his first months in school. Gradually, however, it is obvious that Jerry is outgrowing Pookie. Both, however, have benefited from the relationship (he has gained self-confidence, she is now able to come to grips with her unhappy home life) and their parting is a tender one. Not unlike his stars, Alan J. Pakula was making his directorial bow with The Sterile Cuckoo, which earned an Oscar nomination for its theme song "Come Saturday Morning." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Alvin Sargent, John Nichols
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 16, 2012
Paramount Pictures

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Critic Reviews for The Sterile Cuckoo (Pookie)

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Age has not been particularly kind to it, but... [it's] carried off with far more competence and assurance than many directorial debuts have enjoyed.

Full Review… | September 11, 2009
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for The Sterile Cuckoo (Pookie)


Quiet drama with Liza very impressive in an early role before she ossified into a sequined showboat. The view of college life is dated but the emotions are as real today as they were in the late 60's.

jay nixon

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i loved this film...years and years ago...tender and sweet...poignant.

Kevin M. Williams

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Dated and forgettable early Liza Minnelli piece. These themes have been revisited countless times and in a much better way.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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