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David Cook (dramatisation)
David Cook (novel)
Release Date:
July 1986 (USA) See more »
A man with learning difficulties suffers neglect and ill-treatment, and this is only exasperated when his parents die and nobody seems to know what to do with him. | Add synopsis »
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Ian McKellen ... Walter

Barbara Jefford ... Sarah - Walter's mother
Arthur Whybrow ... Walter's father
Tony Melody ... Mr. Hingley

David Ryall ... Mr. Richards
Linda Polan ... Miss Rushden

Keith Allen ... Mike - Stockroom
Lesley Clare O'Neill ... Jean - Stockroom
Paula Tilbrook ... Mrs. Ashby
Marjorie Yates ... Social Worker

Jim Broadbent ... Joseph - Orderly
Kenny Ireland ... Angus - Orderly
Don McKillop ... Mr. Lipman (as Donald McKillop)
Nabil Shaban ... Ben Gunn

Bob Flag ... Harold
Robert Walker ... Staff Nurse
John Surman ... Male Nurse
Trevor Laird ... Errol - Nurse

Robin Hooper ... Orderly - Washroom
Stephen Petcher ... Dave - Stockroom

Garry Cooper ... Roger - Stockroom
Frankie Connolly ... Young Walter
John Czeslaw ... Hospital Patient Clifford
Gareth Owen ... Hospital Patient
Jimmy Fagg ... Hospital Patient
José Nava ... Hospital Patient
Ian Hinchcliffe ... Hospital Patient (as Ian Hinchliffe)
Lol Coxhill ... Hospital Patient
Neil Wintle ... Hospital Patient
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Fielder ... Visitor (uncredited)
Charles Lewsen ... Next Bed Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Stephen Frears 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Cook  dramatisation
David Cook  novel

Produced by
Patrick Cassavetti .... associate producer
Richard Creasey .... executive producer
Richard Creasey .... producer
Nigel Evans .... producer
Original Music by
George Fenton 
Cinematography by
Chris Menges 
Film Editing by
Mick Audsley 
Casting by
Susie Figgis 
Art Direction by
Michael Minas 
Costume Design by
Monica Howe 
Makeup Department
Elaine Carew .... makeup artist
Anne McFadyen .... hair stylist
Production Management
Redmond Morris .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Raymond Day .... first assistant director
Chris Rose .... second assistant director
Chris Thompson .... third assistant director
Art Department
Katie Kilroy .... production buyer (as Kate Kilroy)
George Peppiatt .... prop master
Stuart Rose .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Nicolas Gaster .... dubbing editor
Simon Harris .... assistant dubbing editor
Tony Jackson .... sound recordist
Peter Maxwell .... dubbing mixer
Clive Osborne .... sound assistant
John Relph .... boom operator (as John Ralph)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeremy Brigden .... clapper loader
Roy Cornwall .... focus puller
Jeremy Gee .... assistant camera
Ronnie Rampton .... gaffer
Ted Whitby .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Judy Baxter .... wardrobe
Daryl Bristow .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Nikki James .... second assistant editor
Budge Tremlett .... assistant editor (as 'Budge' Tremlett)
Other crew
Brian Bird .... technical advisor
Linda Bruce .... production assistant
Penny Eyles .... continuity
Joan Murphy .... assistant accountant
David Parsons .... technical advisor
Julian Rothenstein .... titles
Sue Wall .... production executive
Terry Wood .... technical advisor (as Divisional Nursing Officer Terry Wood)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Loving Walter" - USA (video title)
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70 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Shown on the opening night of Channel 4 in the United Kingdom in 1982. It brought a storm or protest however from many of the large first night audience who had expected lighter fare.See more »
Movie Connections:
Followed by Walter & June (1983) (TV)See more »


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25 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Remarkable acting - Remarkable film, 12 November 2003
Author: mrsroho from london england

Sir Ian Mckellen is without doubt one of the finest actors performing today. To truly appreciate the depth of his acting talents , I urge you to watch " Walter " ( aka Loving Walter ). Do not let the fact that this being a "made for television" film put you off . It brought Sir Ian's acting talents to the viewing masses in Britain and in doing so raised his profile immeasureably. It is by no means an easy film to watch. With a subject matter of mental illness and societies victorian ways of dealing with it , there is no feel good factor to be found here . It is the strength of Sir Ian's performance that will keep you glued to the screen . I am fortunate enough to have the original videotape of Walter that I recorded some years ago and the follow up film Loving Walter . I am pleased to say that the DVD of Loving Walter is due for release ( and about time too ) on the 2nd December 2003 . Buy it , rent it , watch it . You will not be disappointed .

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