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Release Date:
11 May 1963 (Italy) See more »
Burt Lancaster & Judy Garland take an untouched theme - and make it touching and unforgettable! See more »
Psychologist Dr. Matthew Clark is the head of the Crawthorne State Training Institute, one of the first... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Judy Garlands Best Performance See more (43 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Burt Lancaster ... Dr. Matthew Clark

Judy Garland ... Jean Hansen

Gena Rowlands ... Sophie Widdicombe

Steven Hill ... Ted Widdicombe

Paul Stewart ... Goodman
Gloria McGehee ... Mattie

Lawrence Tierney ... Douglas Benham
Bruce Ritchey ... Reuben Widdicombe

John Marley ... Holland

Bill Mumy ... Boy Counting Jean's Pearls

Elizabeth Wilson ... Miss Fogarty
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Cassavetes ... Retarded Adult Who Walks Toward Camera (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Marilyn Clark ... (uncredited)
Brian Corcoran ... Lewis (uncredited)

Fred Draper ... Dr. Sack (uncredited)

Mario Gallo ... Dr. Ernie Lombardi (uncredited)

Juanita Moore ... Julius' Mother (uncredited)

Butch Patrick ... Boy Playing Football (uncredited)

Barbara Pepper ... Miss Brown (uncredited)
Jay Phillips ... (uncredited)
Noam Pitlik ... Concerned Father (uncredited)
James Rawley ... Jim (uncredited)
Michael Stevens ... (uncredited)

June Walker ... Mrs. McDonald (uncredited)

Directed by
John Cassavetes 
Writing credits
Abby Mann (screenplay)

Abby Mann (story)

Produced by
Stanley Kramer .... producer
Philip Langner .... associate producer
Original Music by
Ernest Gold 
Cinematography by
Joseph LaShelle (director of photography) (as Joseph La Shelle)
Film Editing by
Gene Fowler Jr. 
Robert C. Jones 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Production Design by
Rudolph Sternad 
Set Decoration by
Joseph Kish 
Makeup Department
George Lane .... makeup artist
Al Paul .... hair stylist
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Nate H. Edwards .... production manager (as Nate Edwards)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Douglas Green .... assistant director
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... assistant director
Art Department
Jack Kirston .... property master
Sound Department
Walter Elliott .... sound editor
Jean L. Speak .... sound engineer (as James Speak)
Camera and Electrical Department
Don L. Carstensen .... chief gaffer
Morris Rosen .... company grip
Sam Van Zenten .... assistant company grip
Charles F. Wheeler .... camera operator (as Charles Wheeler)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joe King .... costumer
Howard Shoup .... wardrobe: Miss Garland
Music Department
Art Dunham .... music editor
Other crew
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)

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102 min | 104 min (TCM print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:G (original rating) | Australia:M (re-rating) (2009) | Finland:K-16 | New Zealand:M | UK:X | UK:PG (DVD) | USA:Approved
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Did You Know?

Director John Cassavetes and Producer Stanley Kramer had many creative / economic differences and during the editing phase, Cassavetes was fired.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Judy Garlands Best Performance, 3 August 2002
Author: caspian1978 from Boston, MA

One of John Cassavetes earlier directed classics, it is one of the very few times we get to see Judy Garland the actress and not Judy Garland the little girl. There is not sweet eye candy in this movie. Everything hits you in this movie! One hard hitting blow after another. Its personal direction, the original story, and some of the best acting from both Judy Garland and Burt Lancaster. A relic of a movie, you don't see too many classic like these. An enjoyment, a true taste of the human soul. It is forever an amazing film for the simple reason in the story's message of hope.

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