Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1971. Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Herman Raucher. Cinematography by Robert Surtees. Produced by Richard Roth. Music by Michel Legrand. Production Design by Albert Brenner. Costume Design by Jerry Alpert, Joanne Haas. Film Editing by Folmar Blangsted. Academy Awards 1971. Golden Globe Awards 1971. National Society of Film Critics Awards 1971.
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 Jennifer O’Neill, 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.