Summer of '42

Summer of '42

Director: Robert Mulligan

Cast: Jennifer O'Neill, Gary Grimes, Jerry Houser

     
 

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A surprise success in 1971 ($20 million worth of "surprise"), The Summer of '42 is a coming-of-age piece, drenched in nostalgia. Director Robert Mulligan narrates the film as the grown-up counterpart of Hermie (Gary Grimes), a teenager of the War Years who has a crush on twentyish Jennifer O'Neill. With O'Neill's soldier husband off to war, Grimes convincesSee more details below

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A surprise success in 1971 ($20 million worth of "surprise"), The Summer of '42 is a coming-of-age piece, drenched in nostalgia. Director Robert Mulligan narrates the film as the grown-up counterpart of Hermie (Gary Grimes), a teenager of the War Years who has a crush on twentyish Jennifer O'Neill. With O'Neill's soldier husband off to war, Grimes convinces himself that he can take hubby's place in every way. O'Neill is amused by Grimes' attentions (confined to doing chores and carrying her groceries), but never thinks of him in sexual terms. And then, O'Neill's husband is killed in battle. Herman Raucher based his intensely nostalgic script on his own experience, going so far as to use the real names of past acquaintances (including the Jennifer O'Neill counterpart) as character names in his screenplay. An Academy Award went to Michel LeGrand's evocative musical score. Summer of '42 was later novelized by Raucher, then followed up on screen by the less effective Class of 44.

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All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
An unexpected hit, Summer of '42 provided a soothing dose of nostalgia amidst the late 1960s/early '70s cultural upheaval. Looking back to a more innocent time through a (literal) gauze of affectionate memory, Herman Raucher's Oscar-nominated wartime coming of age screenplay evokes a period of sexual naïveté and life-changing infatuations that stood in stark contrast to the Vietnam War era, revealing what had been lost. Directing a cast of relative unknowns, Robert Mulligan manages to make the tiny details ring true even as the broad strokes are somewhat too predictable; Jennifer O'Neill's performance as the enigmatic love object turned her into a star. A respite from troubled times, Summer of '42 surprised its makers by turning into the fourth highest-grossing film of 1971, becoming one of a cluster of popular early 1970s nostalgia pieces that also included The Last Picture Show (1971) and American Graffiti (1973). Robert Surtees earned an Oscar nomination for his hazily picturesque cinematography; Michel Legrand won an Oscar for his score.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2014
UPC:
0888574051167
Original Release:
1971
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
123

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Performance Credits
Jennifer O'Neill Dorothy
Gary Grimes Hermie
Jerry Houser Oscy
Oliver Conant Benjie
Katherine Allentuck Aggie
Christopher Norris Miriam
Robert Mulligan Narrator, the Older Hennic
Walter Scott Dorothy's Husband
Maureen Stapleton Hermie's Mother
Lou Frizzell Druggist

Technical Credits
Robert Mulligan Director
Folmar Blangsted Editor
Albert Brenner Production Designer
Mel Efros Asst. Director
Alixe Gordin Casting
Nessa Hyams Casting
Don Kranze Asst. Director
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Michel Legrand Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Tom Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Herman Raucher Screenwriter
Richard A. Roth Producer
Irby Smith Asst. Director
Robert Surtees Cinematographer

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