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Summer of '42 (9-Apr-1971)

Director: Robert Mulligan

Writer: Herman Raucher

Keywords: Drama, Coming of Age

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Gary Grimes
2-Jun-1955   Summer of '42
Jennifer O'Neill
20-Feb-1948   Summer of '42


Review by anonymous (posted on 12-May-2006)

This movie has always been one of my favorites I suppose because I lived through those WWII days. The dance encounter of Dorothy and Hermie is one of the most magical moments in all filmdom. I have always been puzzled why Dorothy, who had no interest in Hermie, would seduce him on the day she heard of her husband's death. I was astounded to learn recently that the movie is basically an account of a true episode in the life of Herman Raucher.

Review by Thomas Anderson (posted on 17-Dec-2007)

It's not unusual for a woman who has lost her husband in war or in an accident to crave sex with another male -- and the sooner the better. This naturally arouses a sense of guilt and thus few women ever act on this need, and of course it would be extremely embarrassing if any family or friends discovered what she had done. In Summer of '42, however, everything falls into place without the usual complications. A beautiful film that pushes a lot of buttons -- but quietly.

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