Sterile Cuckoo

Sterile Cuckoo

Director: Alan J. Pakula

Cast: Alan J. Pakula, Liza Minnelli, Wendell Burton, Tim McIntire

     
 

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Liza Minnelli is Pookie Adams, a relentlessly kooky coed in The Sterile Cuckoo. The film's focus, however, is on Wendell Burton (likewise making his first screen appearance) as reserved young college student Jerry. He is actively pursued by the unpredictable Pookie, who helps him to survive his first months in school. Gradually, however, it is obvious that…  See more details below

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Liza Minnelli is Pookie Adams, a relentlessly kooky coed in The Sterile Cuckoo. The film's focus, however, is on Wendell Burton (likewise making his first screen appearance) as reserved young college student Jerry. He is actively pursued by the unpredictable Pookie, who helps him to survive his first months in school. Gradually, however, it is obvious that Jerry is outgrowing Pookie. Both, however, have benefited from the relationship (he has gained self-confidence, she is now able to come to grips with her unhappy home life) and their parting is a tender one. Not unlike his stars, Alan J. Pakula was making his directorial bow with The Sterile Cuckoo, which earned an Oscar nomination for its theme song "Come Saturday Morning.""

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A sweet coming-of-age story from the late 1960s that seems as if it belongs to an earlier, more innocent era, The Sterile Cuckoo stars Liza Minnelli as an awkward but gregarious college girl who is determined to have her first sexual experience with a shy, naïve young man (played by Wendell Burton). Director Alan J. Pakula, in his debut film, shows flashes of brilliance in squeezing all the energy he can out of a predictable plot. Minnelli stepped out of the shadow of her mother, Judy Garland, and made a dramatic impact in her first major starring role. Minnelli and the film's theme song, "Come Saturday Morning," both received Oscar nominations, and Minnelli went on to fame in Cabaret. Pakula went on to Klute, All the President's Men, and other topical dramas and character studies. In England, The Sterile Cuckoo was titled Pookie.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2012
UPC:
0887090043403
Original Release:
1969
Rating:
PG
Source:
Olive Films
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
29,310

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liza Minnelli Pookie
Wendell Burton Jerry
Tim McIntire Schumacher
Elizabeth Harrower Landlady
Austin Green Pookie's Father
Sandy Faison Nancy Putnam
Chris Bugbee Roe
Mark P. Fish Actor
Philip S. Derfler Actor
John Hussey Actor
Toni Shorrock Actor
Eric Best Actor
Becky Davis Actor
Fred Lerner Actor
Towyna Thomas Actor
Frances Tobin Actor
Tim Laurie Actor
Margaret Markov Actor
Anita Alberts Actor
Warren Peterson Actor
Paul McConnell Actor
Adele Wynn Actor
Cynthia Hull Actor
Jawn McKinley Helen Upshaw

Technical Credits
Alan J. Pakula Director,Producer
Roland Anderson Art Director
John A. Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Fred Karlin Score Composer
Don Kranze Asst. Director
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
David Lange Executive Producer
Mike Moschella Makeup
John Nichols Screenwriter
Sam O'Steen Editor
Jennifer Parsons Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles R. Pierce Set Decoration/Design
Dory Previn Songwriter
Alvin Sargent Screenwriter
Charles Spurgeon Special Effects
John W. Wheeler Editor
John K. Wilkinson Sound/Sound Designer
Ben Winkler Sound/Sound Designer

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