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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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22 October 1969 (USA)  »

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The Sterile Cuckoo  »

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Patty Duke was offered the part that eventually went to Liza Minnelli. See more »


Takes place in Upstate New York over the course of an entire school year, yet the location is never snowy, even in December, when all the deciduous trees still have their leaves. See more »


Jerry Payne: [seeing Pookie naked for the first time] Gee, Pookie, your body's just... beautiful.
'Pookie' Adams: Yeah? Well, I'd better get my beautiful ass into this beautiful bed, before it freezes off!
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Referenced in Wow, It's Cindy (1971) See more »


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Movie brings back childhood memories
22 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was filmed close to my hometown and even though I was only 5 years old when it was being filmed, I remember it vividly since it was a huge deal for a town of only 10,000 people in upstate NY. The girl who used to babysit me had gone to watch the some of the filming and had taken pictures of Liza Minelli and her little Volkswagon Beetle that was used in the film. Now as an adult who has moved to an entirely different part of the country from where I was raised, I love to catch this movie on a Saturday afternoon and just take note of the locations in the film, particularly that scene where Jerry and Pookie rent a cabin by a lake. The movie and its soundtrack always brings back a strong sense of nostalgia and that secure feeling one always has in one's childhood and the simplicity of life as a child.

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