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The Sterile Cuckoo (1969)

M  -  Comedy | Drama  -  22 October 1969 (USA)
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Two students from neighboring colleges in upstate New York are swept up in a tragic romantic interlude calling for a maturity of vision beyond their experience of capabilities. Pookie Adams... See full summary »

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Two students from neighboring colleges in upstate New York are swept up in a tragic romantic interlude calling for a maturity of vision beyond their experience of capabilities. Pookie Adams - a kooky, lonely misfit with no family and no place to go, insists on calling all those who won't participate in her world, "weirdos," clings to a quiet studious Jerry, who has the ability to make a choice of living in Pookie's private little world or be accepted by the society that Pookie rejects. Unwittingly, it is through their awkward relationship that Pookie actually prepares Jerry for the world of "weirdos" that she doesn't fit into or wish to be apart of. Written by alfiehitchie

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First love is beautiful hurt....if it happens to you once, you're lucky.

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In the original novel, the story takes place over three years. This was shortened to a single school year for the movie. See more »

Goofs

In Pookie's written rants against the weirdos of the world, the word is always spelled "wierdo." See more »

Quotes

'Pookie' Adams: Apis mellifica - that's short for "bee", right?
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Referenced in L.A. Law: The Unsterile Cuckoo (1989) See more »

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Come Saturday Morning
Lyric Dory Previn Music Fred Karlin
Performed by The Sandpipers
A & M Records Recording Artists
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Pain can be beautiful

I saw it in 1992 (well past puppy love age) and wrote in my diary:

A heavenly movie! What a visual and aural delight! The plot didn't matter much (love of shy college boy and girl). But then, no good movie puts plot above everything else. Good movies have great atmospheres. They are pleasing to the eye, as well as the ear. This one was blissfully free from cliches, melodrama, formulas, phony excitement. It was pure warmth, charm, prettiness, spontaneity. There were almost no close-ups. The scenery was breathtaking, the pacing calm and gentle. There were whispers! Whispering is so charming, so intimate. Liza Minelli was never better. This film gave me a great boost, making me feel connected with fellow humans.


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