A Child Is Waiting

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Time Out says

Disowned by Cassavetes after producer Stanley Kramer edited it against his wishes and made it more sentimental than intended, this is none the less a very affecting study of the plight of mentally retarded children. Shot in semi-documentary style and using (with the exception of Ritchey, the film's central 'case history') actual retarded children, the movie concerns a new teacher (Garland) whose excessive concern with Ritchey's predicament brings her into conflict with her boss (Lancaster). As ever, Cassavetes elicits magnificent performances from his cast, making especially fine use of Garland's tremulous emotionalism, although the occasional drifts into didacticism (the script was by Abby Mann, who wrote Judgment at Nuremberg and Ship of Fools) entail the sort of special pleading Cassavetes was keen to avoid. Flawed but fascinating.
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Release details

UK release:

1963

Duration:

102 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

John Cassavetes

Cast:

Paul Stewart, Bruce Ritchey, Steven Hill, Gena Rowlands, Judy Garland, Burt Lancaster, Lawrence Tierney

Music:

Ernest Gold

Production Designer:

Rudolph Sternad

Editor:

Gene Fowler

Cinematography:

Joseph La Shelle

Screenwriter:

Abby Mann

Producer:

Stanley Kramer

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