The Sterile Cuckoo (1969)


“It’s gonna be nice to get away from all these weirdos. ” – Pookie Adams

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Two young college students meet by accident and instantly begin a relationship that neither is quite sure as to where things will go.

My Take on it – This is another film that I had never heard of before coming across it in my journey to watch all films that have received Oscar nominations for its actors.

The premise is intriguing and works especially due to the very quirky chemistry between stars Liza Minnelli and Wendel Burton.

Enjoyed the way that this film finds a way to show how a relationship between two strangers can sprout so quickly and then lets us see how the fact that one of them is much more intense than the other affects the path of that relationship.

Minnelli plays her character Pookie in quite a strange way yet they manage to develop this character so well that she can be seen in a very sympathetic way throughout.

Her outlook and attitude on life is slightly off kilter but that also makes her even more endearing to the viewer.

She was deservingly nominated for an scar for Best Actress for her work in this film.

Bottom Line – Intriguing idea that largely works due to the very quirky chemistry between Minnelli and Burton. This film is able to show how a relationship can form quite quickly and allows us to see what happens when one of them is much more intense than the other. The character of Pookie as played by Minnelli is quite strange, yet she is developed well enough for the viewer to see her in a sympathetic role. Her attitude about things is always a bit off kilter, but that helps make here even more endearing to the viewer. Minnelli was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here. Recommended

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – After winning the part of Pookie Adams, Liza Minnelli had a copy of the script sent over to her mother, Judy Garland, who read it and thought the part of this troubled, friendless girl would be an unattractive role for her daughter. Minnelli says she became defensive and argued that Pookie was a great role for any actress, but that Garland was personally concerned Minnelli identified too closely with Pookie. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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One thought on “The Sterile Cuckoo (1969)

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