Indian Summer

Indian Summer

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Director: Mike Binder, Alan Arkin, Matt Craven, Elizabeth Perkins

Cast: Mike Binder, Alan Arkin, Matt Craven, Elizabeth Perkins

     
 

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Mike Binder wrote and directed this reunion story in The Big Chill vein about of group of ex-campers, now in their twenties, who return to their old summer camp to get together again. Alan Arkin plays Uncle Lou, the old camp counselor and resident sage at Canadian summer camp Tamakwa. Leading a group of contemporary youngsters wearing Walkmans on their heads to

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Mike Binder wrote and directed this reunion story in The Big Chill vein about of group of ex-campers, now in their twenties, who return to their old summer camp to get together again. Alan Arkin plays Uncle Lou, the old camp counselor and resident sage at Canadian summer camp Tamakwa. Leading a group of contemporary youngsters wearing Walkmans on their heads to glory in the beauty of a majestic moose in the Canadian Northwoods, he realizes that the children of today are not the way children were in ancient times before 1993, so he decides to close up shop and shut down Camp Tamkwa for good. But before he does he invites a group of campers from the camp's golden age -- men and women now in their twenties -- an assortment of veteran campers who return to reflect on the past and sort out their troubles. The campers include Beth (Diane Lane), a woman who is adjusting to her husband's accidental death; Jennifer (Elizabeth Perkins), a single woman looking forward to renewing her relationship with fellow camper Matthew (Vincent Spano); Kelly (Julie Warner), Matthew's wife, feeling insecure because she knows Matthew is unhappy in the marriage; and Jamie (Matt Craven), a swinging bachelor with an eye for younger women. Rounding out the pack is Jack (Bill Paxton), who as a boy was kicked out of the camp for a mysterious reason. When he shows up at the camp, the rest of the campers are stunned.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Ten years later, the style and premise of The Big Chill (1983) is borrowed for this reunion comedy-drama that's surprisingly warm and effective, even as its subjects are clearly not advanced enough in years to be suffering from the pangs of nostalgic regret. The plot is expectedly predictable (old wounds are healed, secrets are revealed, new romance takes bloom, etc.), but writer/director Mike Binder handles the proceedings with a gentle good humor and grace that make even the most cliched moments entertaining. He's aided ably by some of his cast members, particularly the flinty Alan Arkin, note-perfect as an irascible camp commander. Bill Paxton is also a revelation, sinking his teeth into an edgy misanthrope role that's probably a welcome change of pace for the actor, accustomed as he is to portraying soldiers, cops, and other authority figures. Perhaps the film's funniest performance, however, comes from director Sam Raimi, who turns up in a rare acting role as the camp's hapless assistant and handyman Stick, the butt of his employer's passive-aggressive rage. It's all a bit too pat, neat, and lacking in real substance, but Indian Summer, while it never lets the audience forget it's watching something from the land of make-believe, is a light, fun enterprise.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2011
UPC:
0683904522689
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Mill Creek Ent
Time:
1:37:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Arkin Uncle Lou
Matt Craven Jamie Ross
Elizabeth Perkins Jennifer Morton
Diane Lane Beth Warden
Kimberly Williams Gwen Daugherty
Bill Paxton Jack Belston
Vincent Spano Matthew Berman
Kevin Pollak Brad Berman
Sam Raimi Stick Coder
Julie Warner Kelly Berman
Sharon Bialy Actor
Richard Dreyfuss Actor
Robert Feldmann Man in Canoe
Linda Hamilton Actor
John Lithgow Actor
Debi Manwiller Actor
Richard Pagano Actor
J.T. Walsh Actor
Richard Chevolleau Sam Grover

Technical Credits
Mike Binder Director,Screenwriter
Gary Barber Producer
Caroline Baron Co-producer
Lynn Bigelow Producer
Jack Binder Associate Producer,Co-producer
Miles Goodman Score Composer
M. James Kouf Producer
Rocco Matteo Art Director
Robert Newmyer Producer
Ed Novick Sound/Sound Designer
James G. Robinson Producer
Jane Robinson Costumes/Costume Designer
Newton Thomas Sigel Cinematographer
Jeffrey Silver Producer
Craig Stearns Production Designer
Adam Weiss Editor

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