Summer Of ’42


(out of 5)

Coming-of-age schmaltz about a teenaged boy who falls in love with a war widow during summer break. Told in haltingly mushy, sentimental tones, the film follows the boy and his friends as they discover their sexuality and their bodies. Then, when he meets , he grows truly fond of her while also becoming attracted to her sexually. It’s one of those movies that was probably really poignant when it first came out but hasn’t aged well since.  Michel Legrand contributes a beautiful, lush music score.

USA, 1971

Directed by

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by

Cast Tags:  , , , , , ,

Academy Award
Best Music (Original Dramatic Score) (Michel Legrand)

Best Cinematography (Robert Surtees)
Best Film Editing (Folmar Blangsted)
Best Writing (Story and Screenplay–based on factual material or material not previously published or produced) (Herman Raucher)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Director (Robert Mulligan)
Best Original Score-Motion Picture (Michel Legrand)

National Society of Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Cinematography (Robert Surtees)

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Drama Written Directly for the Screen

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Robert Mulligan)

British Academy Award
Anthony Asquith Award For Film Music

Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles (Gary Grimes)


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