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Walter & June (1983)

The plight of Walter, a moderately intellectually disabled 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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Stephen Frears

Writers:

David Cook (dramatised by), David Cook (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian McKellen ... Walter
Sarah Miles ... June
John Gordon Sinclair ... Graham (as Gordon Sinclair)
Tony Doyle ... Clive
Jim Broadbent ... Orderly
Christine Hargreaves Christine Hargreaves ... Rita
Katherine Schofield ... Carole (as Catherine Schofield)
Debby Bishop Debby Bishop ... Black Nurse (as Debbie Bishop)
Rowan Wylie Rowan Wylie ... White Nurse
Trevor Ray Trevor Ray ... P.O.A. Officer
Tim Potter ... Squatters' Adviser
Peter Oliver Peter Oliver ... Man in Hostel
Bob Cobbing Bob Cobbing ... Other Man in Hostel
Gary Olsen Gary Olsen ... Shower Room Attendant
Jesse Birdsall ... Youth in Park
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The plight of Walter, a moderately intellectually disabled 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. Written by lament

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1986 (USA) See more »

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Loving Walter See more »

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Mono

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Color
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Walter and June (1983) is the sequel to Walter (1982). Both films were released combined on DVD under the title Loving Walter. See more »

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McKellen Rules!
11 March 2018 | by bettycjungSee all my reviews

3/9/18. I watched this for McKellen, and for this one reason it was worth watching. However, as a movie, it was very difficult to watch because it depicts how the institutionalized mentally ill are treated. While not necessarily neglected, as their physical needs are met, their treatment is somewhat mechanical, although Walter (McKellen's character) takes on the task of caring for a fellow housemate with much tenderness. Walter is a mildly retarded man who had the misfortune of outliving his parents at the age 21. With no one to care for him, and he cannot care for himself, he is institutionalized with those severely retarded. This film combined 2 TV movies into one (Walter and Walter & June). Walter survives institutional life and the movie resumes when he is 40. He meets up with another institutionalized patient, a woman with psychiatric problems. They try to make a go at life outside by escaping and being on their own. Walter realizes he cannot survive outside of the institution and returns. McKellen is a true artist. His depiction is just wonderful and compassionate in showing how Walter is capable of loving and caring as those who are not as mentally challenged as he is.


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