Summertree

Overview

As he lies dying in Vietnam, a young soldier Michael Douglas recalls the events leading up to this moment. He remembers his sweetheart Brenda Vaccaro, to whom he couldn't make a commitment. He recalls the battles he'd had with his parents Jack Warden, Barbara Bel Geddes, when he forsook college to become a musician and when he planned to evade the draft. And he remembers the "summertree" where he spent many of his happiest days before being shipped off to Southeast Asia. Based on Ron Cowen's off-Broadway play, ...
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Overview

As he lies dying in Vietnam, a young soldier Michael Douglas recalls the events leading up to this moment. He remembers his sweetheart Brenda Vaccaro, to whom he couldn't make a commitment. He recalls the battles he'd had with his parents Jack Warden, Barbara Bel Geddes, when he forsook college to become a musician and when he planned to evade the draft. And he remembers the "summertree" where he spent many of his happiest days before being shipped off to Southeast Asia. Based on Ron Cowen's off-Broadway play, Summertree has one or two compelling moments, but most of it is a compendium of 1970s movies cliches, right down to the fragmentary storyline and "hip" photography.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Very dated and unsatisfying, Summertree holds some interest as one of many 1970s era "generation gap" films and as a document of the social mores of the times, but it is rather less engaging as a drama. Part of the problem, arguably the biggest part, is that Summertree isn't peopled by characters so much as filled by talking position papers. And to make matters worse, those position papers don't stay clear as to what position they're taking. This would be fine if they were actual people and if this ambiguity were a real comment on the complexity of human life and the level of difficulty associated with the choices that had to be made, but they instead come off as contrivances existing to make the plot move, ever so hesitantly, forward. Summertree is a very boring movie, one that needs to have a forward thrust but that settles for a fits-and-starts approach. The screenplay is largely to blame, certainly in terms of the dated dialogue and unfocused approach to the story, but director Anthony Newley is equally deserving of blame. Newley] is indecisive and unsure, and there's no sense of a steady hand at work behind the camera. There are plenty of visual tricks, but they're the refuge of a man with no real ideas at hand. Ion the lead role, Michael Douglas is a blank, and his dull performance is damaging, but Jack Warden and Brenda Vaccaro do very well, as does Barbara Bel Degges, albeit in a criminally small role.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/8/2009
  • UPC: 043396321199
  • Original Release: 1971
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kirk Callaway Marvis
Dennis Clark Fimple Shelly
Michael Douglas Jerry
June Fairchild Girl in Dorm
Barbara Bel Geddes Ruth McAdams
Garry Goodrow Ginsberg
Rob Reiner Don
Jeff Siggins Bennie
William Smith Draft Lawyer
Richard Stahl Man in Conservatory
Brenda Vaccaro Vanetta
Bill Vint Tony
Jack Warden Herb
Technical Credits
Anthony Newley Director
Don Record Director
Kirk Douglas Producer
Richard C. Glouner Cinematographer
Edward C. Hume Screenwriter
Richard Maltby Score Composer, Songwriter
Ned Parsons Art Director
Arthur Piantadosi Sound/Sound Designer
David Salven Asst. Director
David Shire Score Composer, Songwriter
Carl Silvera Makeup
Jack Solomon Sound/Sound Designer
Tommy Welsh Costumes/Costume Designer
Maury Winetrobe Editor
Stephen Yafa Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Summertree
1. Chapter 1 [9:19]
2. Chapter 2 [6:12]
3. Chapter 3 [7:59]
4. Chapter 4 [7:03]
5. Chapter 5 [5:24]
6. Chapter 6 [9:36]
7. Chapter 7 [6:58]
8. Chapter 8 [8:38]
9. Chapter 9 [7:25]
10. Chapter 10 [10:03]
11. Chapter 11 [6:18]
12. Chapter 12 [4:17]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Summertree
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Previews
      The Norman Lear Collection
      The Three Stooges Collection
      Columbia Classics Trailer
      Summertree Theatrical Trailer
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