The Sterile Cuckoo

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Pakula's debut as a director, two years before making Klute, is one of those rare American films which manage to be gently observational without succumbing to the Europeanism of Mazursky or Cassavetes. Liza Minnelli, improbably, is the kook of the title, a college girl who tumbles through an autumn romance with a bashful student (Burton). Not a lot happens: the camera watches, winter comes, the kids split up, Pookie drops out...but the sympathy of the direction for once makes ...romantic realism likeable.

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Duration: 107 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Alan J Pakula
Screenwriter: Alvin Sargent
Cast: Liza Minnelli
Wendell Burton
Tim McIntire
Elizabeth Harrower
Austin Green
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