A Child Is Waiting Poster

Release Date: 1963

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 42 min

Plot Summary
Music teacher Jean Hansen (Judy Garland) works with children at a state mental hospital. Although often at odds with the autocratic director, Dr. Matthew Clark (Burt Lancaster), about teaching methods, she quickly bonds with her students, particularly 12-year-old Reuben (Bruce Ritchey), whose parents, Sophie (Gena Rowlands) and Ted (Steven Hill), left the boy at the institution following their divorce. As the students practice for a Thanksgiving pageant, Jean questions the parents' decision.

Cast: Burt Lancaster, Judy Garland, Gena Rowlands, Steven Hill, Bruce Ritchey, Gloria McGehee, Paul Stewart, Lawrence Tierney

Director: John Cassavetes

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Stanley Kramer Company

Keywords: Emotional, Melodramatic, Father, Growing up, Son, Mother, Transformation, 1960s