MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 5 this week

A Child Is Waiting (1963)

7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 1,492 users  
Reviews: 39 user | 14 critic

Psychologist Dr. Matthew Clark is the head of the Crawthorne State Training Institute, one of the first boarding schools for developmentally challenged children. Dr. Clark is sympathetic ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 4638 titles
created 14 Jan 2012
 
a list of 43 titles
created 28 Apr 2012
 
a list of 44 titles
created 16 Jul 2012
 
a list of 48 titles
created 28 Dec 2012
 
a list of 1575 titles
created 08 Apr 2013
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Child Is Waiting (1963)

A Child Is Waiting (1963) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Child Is Waiting.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Mabel, a wife and mother, is loved by her husband Nick but her madness proves to be a problem in the marriage. The film transpires to a positive role of madness in the family, challenging conventional representations of madness in cinema.

Director: John Cassavetes
Stars: Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk, Fred Draper
Johnny Staccato (TV Series 1959)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Johnny Staccato is a jazz pianist and private detective.

Stars: John Cassavetes, Eduardo Ciannelli, Frank London
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Musical remake of 1940 "Shop Around the Corner" by Lubitch.

Directors: Robert Z. Leonard, Buster Keaton
Stars: Judy Garland, Van Johnson, S.Z. Sakall
The Clock (1945)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Soldier Joe Allen is on a two-day leave in New York, and there he meets Alice. She agrees to show him the sights and they spend the day together. In this short time they find themselves ... See full summary »

Directors: Vincente Minnelli, Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Judy Garland, Robert Walker, James Gleason
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An ex-con, once a cop, now working as security in a college, decides to investigate the murder of one of the students, a daughter of a senator.

Directors: Roland Kibbee, Burt Lancaster
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Susan Clark, Cameron Mitchell
Girl Crazy (1943)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Rich kid Danny Churchill (Rooney) has a taste for wine, women and song, but not for higher education. So his father ships him to an all-male college out West where there's not supposed to ... See full summary »

Directors: Norman Taurog, Busby Berkeley
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Gil Stratton
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Talented small-town girl Lily Mars hounds producer John Thornway for a part in his new play, but he doesn't want anything to do with stage-struck amateurs. But when Lily follows him to New ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Judy Garland, Van Heflin, Fay Bainter
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

(Spanish with English subtitles) Joan, an alcoholic actress about to make her debut as a leading actress in a major theatrical play, realizes that her disintegrating marriage and feelings ... See full summary »

Director: Santiago Giralt
Stars: Erica Rivas, Nahuel Mutti, Miranda de la Serna
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A movie star helps a young singer/actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson
Comedy | Musical | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

On a train trip West to become a mail order bride Susan Bradley meets a cheery crew of young women traveling out to open a " Harvey House " restaurant at a remote whistle stop to provide ... See full summary »

Director: George Sidney
Stars: Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, John Hodiak
Musical | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Roy Mack
Stars: Johnnie Pirrone Jr., Peggy Ryan, Judy Garland
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Berlin Film Fest 1984. The best place for every cinema fan. Everyone wants to be in on the festival, but that may be really difficult, if one has no accreditation. Also Journalist Matthies ... See full summary »

Director: Heiner Stadler
Stars: Leonard Lansink, Werner Grassmann, Heinz Van Nouhuys
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Sophie Widdicombe
...
Ted Widdicombe
...
Goodman
Gloria McGehee ...
Mattie
...
Douglas Benham
Bruce Ritchey ...
Reuben Widdicombe
...
Holland
...
Boy Counting Jean's Pearls
...
Miss Fogarty
Edit

Storyline

Psychologist Dr. Matthew Clark is the head of the Crawthorne State Training Institute, one of the first boarding schools for developmentally challenged children. Dr. Clark is sympathetic but demanding of his teachers and students. His approach of tough love is controversial. He takes a chance at hiring former aspiring concert pianist Jean Hansen as the school's music teacher, Miss Hansen who has no background in nursing, teaching or dealing with the developmentally challenged. She herself is trying to find her own place in life. She immediately bonds with autistic student Reuben Widdicombe, who she sees as needing special attention in light of his parents having not visited him since they enrolled him in the school two years earlier. The Widdicombes divorced shortly thereafter because of the pressures their relationship faced in dealing with Reuben. Dr. Clark sees Reuben as the type of child the most difficult with which to deal: Reuben understands just enough to realize that he is ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Burt Lancaster & Judy Garland take an untouched theme - and make it touching and unforgettable!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 February 1964 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Bekleyen ├žocuk  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Director John Cassavetes (for whom this was his first major studio production) and Producer Stanley Kramer had many creative / economic differences and during the editing phase, Cassavetes was fired. See more »

Goofs

As the camera follows Jean Hansen from classroom to classroom during her first tour, a crew member is reflected in the glass doors between the classrooms. See more »

Crazy Credits

Following the last name in the cast list (Elizabeth Wilson) are the words "and The Children". See more »

Connections

Version of Studio One in Hollywood: A Child Is Waiting (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Snowflakes
Written by Marjorie D. Kurtz
Performed Judy Garland
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
An excellent moving showing how truly talented Judy Garland was and how she truly cared about others, regardless of what the press has made her to be.
4 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is really an absolute marvel, it shows such a variety of emotion. Judy Garland plays her part wonderfully and also her musical talent is extraordinary. The way she interacts with the children in this movie, is extremely moving. You can tell she really does care for them, and the performance at the end of the movie really is one of the most touching moments I have seen in a film. A++ for Garland, and Lancaster is an outstanding character as well, Gena Rowlands also makes a great effort in this film. The children who acting this movie could not be closer to your heart, the way it is done you can actually still feel for them to this day, they did a wonderful job casting for this movie. I could not say enough of how the film was done, along with all of the talent put into it, especially by Judy.


15 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Cassavettes Cameo? asoloway
Judy At Her Best! DVD? secreto_61
Wonder about Judy pathos613
Raising a Child with a Disability meltmyheart
architect to district attorney ljdj
The students scourge2005
Discuss A Child Is Waiting (1963) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?