A Storm in Summer

Overview

Robert Wise's heartwarming story of an unlikely friendship, A Storm in Summer, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. English and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles, but the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include filmographies. This is a pedestrian release from Showtime.
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Overview

Robert Wise's heartwarming story of an unlikely friendship, A Storm in Summer, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. English and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles, but the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include filmographies. This is a pedestrian release from Showtime.
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Special Features

Photo gallery; Spanish language; Filmographies; Closed captioning; Weblink
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A Storm in Summer is a powerful "social issues" drama that features a sterling lead performance by Peter Falk. While it feels somewhat dated, this has less to do with the social problems it handles -- which are still relevant -- than with the manner in which it approaches them. Rod Serling's meticulously crafted screenplay is an absolute marvel of construction, but it was written in 1970, and it feels like it; this is not necessarily bad, as the work has the convictions of its times, but it also, occasionally, comes across as a trifle simplistic here, a little manipulative there. Fortunately, Serling was an expert at writing for television dramas such as this; just when a speech starts to veer into a gooey patch, he throws in a disarming turn of phrase or a perfectly-crafted sentence that quickly and unexpectedly adds depth to the character speaking. Robert Wise directs Serling's work with his usual professionalism and sensitivity and has gathered together an exceptional cast. The film rises or falls, of course, on the two leads, and Falk and Aaron Meeks deserve a large share of the credit for making Storm so compelling. Meeks does exceptional work for such a young actor, and he and Falk have an invaluable chemistry. For his part, Falk grabs hold of the role from the first moment and never lets go, clearly relishing the chance of playing a part that allows him to demonstrate just how much he is capable of. He's believably cranky, neither endearingly nor unremittingly, and he makes the breaking down of his wall entirely credible.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/28/2002
  • UPC: 758445304220
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Rating:

  • Source: Showtime Ent.
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Surround
  • Language: English, EspaƱol
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 32,987

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Falk Abel Shaddick
Aaron Meeks Herman Washington
Nastassja Kinski Gloria Ross
Andrew McCarthy Stanley Banner
Ruby Dee Grandmother
Technical Credits
Robert Wise Director
Andrew Deskin Production Designer
Burt Dunk Cinematographer
Bert Dunk Cinematographer
Robert Halmi Jr. Executive Producer
Jack Hofstra Editor
Sid Kozak Casting
Cynthia Millar Score Composer
Shannon Murphy Set Decoration/Design
Tim Richardson Sound/Sound Designer
Rod Serling Screenwriter
Cynthia Summers Costumes/Costume Designer
Renee Valente Executive Producer, Producer
Pete Whyte Asst. Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Fresh Air Vacation [14:19]
2. Going to the Country [7:59]
3. Unpaid Debts [11:34]
4. Never Been Fishing [10:17]
5. Same Kind of Cats [3:44]
6. Mutuality of Interest [14:41]
7. An Old Tiger [6:21]
8. Guests of Gloria [5:51]
9. Terrible News [4:45]
10. The Storm [2:41]
11. Ain't Never Gonna Cry [11:53]
12. Credits [3:00]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Filmographies
         Peter Falk
         Andrew McCarthy
         Ruby Dee
      Languages
         English
         Spanish
      Other Titles of Interest
         Gift of Love
         The Wishing Tree
         Run the Wild Fields
         The Princess and the Barrio Boy
         Frankie and Hazel
      Photo Gallery
      Weblink
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