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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
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Written By: Abby Mann
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as Jean Hansen

as Dr. Matthew Clark

as Sophie Widdicombe / ...

as Ted Widdicombe

as Reuben Widdicombe

as Goodman

as Douglas Benham

as Miss Fogarty

as Miss Brown

as Holland

as Mrs. McDonald

as Dr. Lombardi

as Dr. Sack

as Holland
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Critic Reviews for A Child Is Waiting

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Burt Lancaster delivers a firm, sincere, persuasive and unaffected performance.

Full Review… | November 7, 2007
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Flawed but fascinating.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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One should learn a great deal from this picture -- all of which should be helpful and give hope.

Full Review… | May 10, 2005
New York Times
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John Cassavetes takes a shot at straight commercial filmmaking (1963), and the results are a little wide of the mark.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review… | October 23, 2012

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.

Full Review… | August 30, 2006
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Audience Reviews for A Child Is Waiting


well intentioned and earnest, but keeps you at a distance

jay nixon

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i couldn't really believe this was john cassavetes. it doesn't look like his work at all. definitely glad i watched it on ifc at six in the morning though.

Brock Snyder

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