Sir Ian McKellen gives a knockout performance as a mentally challenged man dealing with the harsh realities of the world. From birth, Walter has always been a fighter. Through his own grueling efforts, he learns to read and write and even manages to hold down a humble job. When his parents die, however, Walter suddenly finds himself alone and unable to cope with the crowds, the noise and the world outside his little home. The only solution is a lengthy stay at a forbidding psychiatric hospital, an experience that proves even scarier to the young man.
Eventually, Walters determined spirit wins out over his fears and he creates a new life for himself at the institution, even gaining a love interest, June (Sarah Miles). Years later, Walter and June dare to take on the outside world again, leaving the safe confines of the hospital and setting out for London. Facing monumental challenges and with only each other to cling to, they are determined to make a life for themselves. Directed by Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liaisons) and based on David Cooks award-winning novel, Loving Walter is a profoundly moving film with a character impossible to forget.