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Walter & June (1983)

The plight of Walter (Ian McKellan), a moderately retarded man, after the deaths of his parents. No concrete provisions have been made for Walter's upkeep, so he is thrown into an ... See full summary »

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... Walter
... June
... Graham (as Gordon Sinclair)
... Clive
... Orderly
Christine Hargreaves ... Rita
... Carole (as Catherine Schofield)
Debby Bishop ... Black Nurse (as Debbie Bishop)
Rowan Wylie ... White Nurse
Trevor Ray ... P.O.A. Officer
... Squatters' Adviser
Peter Oliver ... Man in Hostel
Bob Cobbing ... Other Man in Hostel
Gary Olsen ... Shower Room Attendant
... Youth in Park
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The plight of Walter (Ian McKellan), a moderately retarded man, after the deaths of his parents. No concrete provisions have been made for Walter's upkeep, so he is thrown into an institution, where for the first time he is subjected to the casual cruelties of the "normal" world. Walter is rescued from an uncertain future through the love of June (Sarah Miles). Written by lament

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tough to watch
8 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

A study of a mentally-retarded adult as he copes with the decrepit British social services system of the Thatcher years. He keeps pigeons, walks aimlessly in the slums, can't hold a job, gets thrown in the worst hospital in England, and comes to love someone much like himself.

This careful and painful film shows McKellen and director Frears at their best. Not easy to watch and cruelly unsentimental, it is nonetheless an important classic of grit-level British realism. This film convinced me at a young age that I would never live in an England that treated people like this.


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