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The Sterile Cuckoo Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 22, 1969

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Fred Karlin Best Song 1969 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Liza Minnelli Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1969 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Liza Minnelli Best Actress 1969 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dory Previn Best Song 1969 Nominee

Crew

Alan J. Pakula
Director
Alan J. Pakula
Producer
Alvin Sargent
Screenwriter
John Nichols
Screenwriter
John Nichols
Book Author
Milton Krasner
Cinematographer
Fred Karlin
Composer (Music Score)
Dory Previn
Songwriter
Roland Anderson
Art Director
Jennifer Parsons
Costume Designer
Ben Winkler
Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Spurgeon
Special Effects
Don Kranze
First Assistant Director
Mike Moschella
Makeup
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