Summer of '42

Summer of '42

DVD - 2014
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Coming-of-age tale about a young boy who falls for a woman seven years his senior.


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Aug 09, 2019

Where is the sequel "Class of 44?"

Aug 02, 2019

1971... a coming of age movie during WW 2. Rather slow but funny at times... the summer adventures of young teenage boys being attracted to girls... their own age and older women...

Jul 04, 2018

A total... BOMB!!! For the life of me, I cannot figure out why this horrid film was such a cultural phenom in the early '70s. Were future suckers for Fox News already getting hazy for Eisenhower-y schmaltz liqueur?? The washed-out cinematography of the rural New England coast is just about the only thing this AWFUL movie has going for it. Herman Rauscher (is that his name?) -- his script is worse than dreadful -- it's narcissistically self-indulgent. The so-called acting ranges from bland to amateurish (all the performers get skipped over in the opening credits) and the direction/editing are shamefully coarse. It's hard to believe Robert Mulligan, who showed sensitivity & taste in helming Up the Down Staircase and To Kill a Mockingbird, could direct so clumsily -- as in the boxes in the attic sequence with "Hermie" distracted by Jennifer O'Neill's breasts. She's wooden, and the boys are grossly unappealing. And I didn't care whether the nerdy young man went to bed with her or not. Legrand's famous score plays on the emotions, yet it can't wash over the dire shortcomings in every other department.

Jul 30, 2014

Great movie to watch. Recommended

Nov 25, 2012

Writer Herman Raucher's coming of age autobiography, directed by Robert Mulligan of "To Kill A Mockingbird". It's always affected me, since my youth. Maybe it's the haunting theme song. Or the sentimentality of a simpler time, being young, on the beach. Or all of it. The three girl-crazy dorks, Hermie, Oscy, and Benjie, were genuine, identifiable characters, with their awkwardness and raging hormones. Jennifer O'Neill was as beautiful as they come. An excellent film of innocence lost. FIVE STARS.


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Nov 25, 2012

Narrator: "Nothing from that first day I saw her, and no one that has happened to me since, has ever been as frightening, and as confusing. For no person I've ever known, has ever done more to make me feel more sure, more insecure, more important, and less significant."

Nov 25, 2012

Narrator: "I was never to see her again. Nor was I ever to learn what became of her. We were different then. Kids were different. It took us longer to understand the things we felt. Life is made up of small comings and goings. And for everything we take with us, there is something that we leave behind. In the summer of '42, we raided the Coast Guard station four times, we saw five movies, and had nine days of rain. Benjie broke his watch, Oscy gave up the harmonica, and in a very special way, I lost Hermie, forever."


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