Summer of '42 (1971)

PG   |    |  Drama, Romance


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During his summer vacation on Nantucket Island in 1942, a youth eagerly awaiting his first sexual encounter finds himself developing an innocent love for a young woman awaiting news on her soldier husband's fate in WWII.


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  • Gary Grimes and Jennifer O'Neill in Summer of '42 (1971)
  • Gary Grimes and Jennifer O'Neill in Summer of '42 (1971)
  • Jennifer O'Neill in Summer of '42 (1971)
  • Jennifer O'Neill in Summer of '42 (1971)
  • Gary Grimes and Jennifer O'Neill in Summer of '42 (1971)
  • Gary Grimes and Jennifer O'Neill in Summer of '42 (1971)

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25 August 2004 | dhenderson-3
One of my all-time favorites.
This is truly a wonderful film and a classic. It has everything: romance, comedy, sadness and the reminiscence of puberty and coming of age. The dialog between Hermie and his two teenage buddies wile exploring their emerging sexuality is a wonderful and hilarious, i.e., "Do you think I'm in love with Vera Michaels. I hope I'm not in love with her. I hate her." Who couldn't relate to those things in our youth.

Jennifer O'Neill, as Hermie's crush Dorothy, is gorgeous and well suited for her role. The scenes between her and Hermie go from funny and clever to sad and wondrous. One can only guess the emotions going on inside Dorothy's head when she finds out her husband has been killed in the war. I always felt she just wanted to experience closeness with someone during that time and Hermie just happened to be nearby. She also knew he cared about her and it was important for her to be needed . . . by someone.

A glorious film and one I can watch tons of times and discover something different each time. Highly recommended.

P.S. Michele LeGrand's musical score is beautiful. Just another plus for the movie.

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