A Child Is Waiting

A Child Is Waiting

Burt Lancaster
Director: John Cassavetes Cast: Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
, Judy Garland
Judy Garland
, Gena Rowlands
Gena Rowlands
John Cassavetes

DVD (Remastered)

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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 the focal point of the film. The most uplifting sequence in A Child is Waiting takes place during a play staged by the genuinely handicapped children for their parents; while director John Cassavetes gilds the lily with close-ups of the teary-eyed audience, the kids themselves are earnest, engaging, and totally devoid of self-pity. According to Stanley Kramer, Judy Garland left her best work in this film on the cutting room floor; whenever completing a scene in which she'd exercised professional restraint, she'd insist upon a retake, then resort to the sobbing and breast-beating that her fans had come to expect.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/24/2015
UPC: 0738329179120
Original Release: 1963
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:42:00
Sales rank: 3,894

Special Features

Audio commentary by film historian Tom Charity, the author of John Cassavetes: Lifeworks; Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Lancaster Dr. Matthew Clark
Judy Garland Jean Hansen
Gena Rowlands Sophie Widdicombe
Steven Hill Ted Widdicombe
Bruce Ritchey Reuben Widdicombe
Gloria McGehee Mattie
Paul Stewart Goodman
Lawrence Tierney Douglas Benham
Elizabeth Wilson Miss Fogarty
Barbara Pepper Miss Brown
June Walker Mrs. McDonald
Mario Gallo Dr. Lombardi
Frederick Draper Dr. Sack
John Marley Holland
Bill Mumy Actor
John Walker Actor
Brian Corcoran Actor
Butch Patrick Actor
Noam Pitlik Actor

Technical Credits
John Cassavetes Director
Nate H. Edwards Production Manager
Gene Fowler Editor
Ernest Gold Score Composer
Douglas Green Asst. Director
Robert Jones Editor
Joe King Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph Kish Set Decoration/Design
Stanley Kramer Producer
Joseph La Shelle Cinematographer
George Lane Makeup
Philip Langner Associate Producer
Abby Mann Screenwriter
Lindsley Parsons Asst. Director
Howard Shoup Costumes/Costume Designer
Rudolph Sternad Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Child Is Waiting
1. Chapter 1 [:00]
2. Chapter 2 [:00]
3. Chapter 3 [:00]
4. Chapter 4 [:00]
5. Chapter 5 [:00]
6. Chapter 6 [:00]
7. Chapter 7 [:00]
8. Chapter 8 [:00]

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