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A Child Is Waiting (1963)

Approved | | Drama | 11 May 1963 (Italy)
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

" A Child is Waiting " apparently went over budget by $500,000, which would have been the equivalent of Burt Lancaster's salary. See more »

Goofs

Fourteen minutes into the movie, the teacher asks "what time is it when the big hand is on the six and the little hand is on the twelve?" and a student answers "Six o'Clock" (which is incorrect), though when the camera pans to the blackboard, the big hand is on the twelve and the little hand is pointing to six (which is correct). 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

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

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Featured in Edge of Outside (2006) See more »

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Snowflakes
Written by Marjorie D. Kurtz
Performed Judy Garland
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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.


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