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A Child Is Waiting (1963)

Approved | | Drama | 20 February 1964 (Mexico)
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 »

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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

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

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Un niño espera  »

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Trivia

Noam Pitlik's film debut. See more »

Goofs

As the camera pans to show Reuben sitting in the car at the beginning of the movie, a crew member is reflected in the car window. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Matthew Clark: I think you can find what you're looking for here, Miss Hansen. Because it's not what you can do for these children; it's what they can do for you.
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Crazy Credits

"Technical assistance provided by State of California Department of Mental Hygiene and Pacific State Hospital." See more »

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

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Snowflakes
Written by Marjorie D. Kurtz
Performed Judy Garland
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An absolute treasure
21 March 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was 11 years old as part of the Million Dollar Movie when Channel 9 in NY would play a movie for an entire week. I was in 6th grade and I had the flu and stayed home all week, and watched this film every one of those days - discovering new emotions every time I watched it.

This is truly one of the finest, most honest and beautiful films you are ever likely to see. It's incredibly well written and directed, and the acting is nothing short of perfect. I cannot recommend this film highly enough. John Cassavetes nailed it perfectly. If your local Blockbuster doesn't carry it, INSIST they buy it.

GT


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