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.




  • Gary Grimes and Jennifer O'Neill in Summer of '42 (1971)
  • Jennifer O'Neill in Summer of '42 (1971)
  • Jerry Houser 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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14 June 2000 | michaelRokeefe
Absolutely great coming of age movie.
Three young boys spend their summers on a vacation spot on the New England coast. They share their tribulations and fascinations while partaking of the lazy summers. The summer of '42, they discover sex and exchange yearnings. One of the boys finds a book, with pictures no less. Now their desires are really getting fired up.

One of the boys, Hermie, played by Gary Grimes, has to deal with a strong infatuation with a young wife staying in a house on the beach. The finale is tender and bittersweet. My favorite scene is the drug store scene. It is a real hoot; trying to buy "protection" along with needless items as a decoy.

The other two boys are played by Jerry Houser and Oliver Conant. The object of Hermie's infatuation is the alluring Jennifer O'Neill. She plays the part so effortlessly and so easily the object of any young boy's dream.

This is an enjoyable human drama about daydreams,sexual awareness and coming of age. Beautiful music supplied by Michel Legrand.

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