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Walter (1982)

A man with learning difficulties suffers neglect and ill-treatment, and this is only exasperated when his parents die and nobody seems to know what to do with him.

Director:

Stephen Frears

Writers:

David Cook (dramatisation), David Cook (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian McKellen ... Walter
Barbara Jefford ... Sarah - Walter's mother
Arthur Whybrow Arthur Whybrow ... Walter's father
Tony Melody ... Mr. Hingley
David Ryall ... Mr. Richards
Linda Polan Linda Polan ... Miss Rushden
Keith Allen ... Mike - Stockroom
Lesley Clare O'Neill Lesley Clare O'Neill ... Jean - Stockroom
Paula Tilbrook Paula Tilbrook ... Mrs. Ashby
Marjorie Yates Marjorie Yates ... Social Worker
Jim Broadbent ... Joseph - Orderly
Kenny Ireland Kenny Ireland ... Angus - Orderly
Don McKillop Don McKillop ... Mr. Lipman (as Donald McKillop)
Nabil Shaban ... Ben Gunn
Bob Flag Bob Flag ... Harold
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A man with learning difficulties suffers neglect and ill-treatment, and this is only exasperated when his parents die and nobody seems to know what to do with him.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1982 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Loving Walter See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film was shown on the opening night of Channel 4, in the United Kingdom on November 2, 1982. It brought a storm or protest from many of the audience, who had expected lighter fare. See more »

Alternate Versions

Walter (1982) and its sequel Walter and June (1983) were both released combined on DVD under the title Loving Walter. See more »

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Followed by Walter & June (1983) See more »

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McKellen rules!
11 March 2018 | by bettycjungSee all my reviews

3/9/18. I watched this for McKellen, and for this one reason it was worth watching. However, as a movie, it was very difficult to watch because it depicts how the institutionalized mentally ill are treated. While not necessarily neglected, as their physical needs are met, their treatment is somewhat mechanical, although Walter (McKellen's character) takes on the task of caring for a fellow housemate with much tenderness. Walter is a mildly retarded man who had the misfortune of outliving his parents at the age 21. With no one to care for him, and he cannot care for himself, he is institutionalized with those severely retarded. This film combined 2 TV movies into one (Walter and Walter & June). Walter survives institutional life and the movie resumes when he is 40. He meets up with another institutionalized patient, a woman with psychiatric problems. They try to make a go at life outside by escaping and being on their own. Walter realizes he cannot survive outside of the institution and returns. McKellen is a true artist. His depiction is just wonderful and compassionate in showing how Walter is capable of loving and caring as those who are not as mentally challenged as he is.


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