Sterile Cuckoo

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2012
  • UPC: 887090043403
  • Original Release: 1969
  • Rating:

  • Source: Olive Films
  • Presentation: Color / Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 18,577

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
Philip S. Derfler
John Hussey
Toni Shorrock
Eric Best
Becky Davis
Fred Lerner
Towyna Thomas
Frances Tobin
Tim Laurie
Margaret Markov
Anita Alberts
Warren Peterson
Paul McConnell
Adele Wynn
Cynthia Hull
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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