The Hunter family has long owned a mansion on Pine Island, a summer resort located off the Maine coast. Bart Hunter's now deceased father was able to open the mansion for free when Bart was younger, but current owner Bart, a drunkard and weak man, must now live there year round for financial survival with his wife Sylvia and their late teen-aged son Johnny, the family who are barely able to eke out a living with the mansion now as a year-round inn which is in an extreme state of disrepair. Bart and Sylvia are in a quietly unhappy marriage due largely to Bart's drinking. The Buffalo-based Jorgensons - husband Ken Jorgenson, his wife Helen Jorgenson and their late teen-aged daughter Molly Jorgenson - have rented rooms at the inn for the summer, while Ken looks for a summer house on the island. Ken lived on the island twenty years ago, he actually a working class lifeguard for Bart's father at that time. Ken is now a self-made millionaire as a research scientist, who had never been back ... Written by
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According to his 1963 memoir "Wanderer", Sterling Hayden
reluctantly accepted a co-starring role in the picture for $40,000 (approximately $314,000 in 2012 dollars) when his ex-wife Betty Ann de Noon prevented him from sailing to Scandinavia in his sloop the Wanderer with their four children. Hayden took the part because he was broke due to legal bills related to his three divorces from De Noon and their prolonged child custody battle and because of his cavalier disregard for money. A seasoned sailor, he planned to use the sea voyage, which he planned to film as a documentary, as a vehicle to leave Hollywood behind. He never made the picture and appeared in only one TV show before making Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
(1964) four years later, following through on his plan to ditch Hollywood. See more
When Ken and Sylvia meet for the first time at the boathouse, Ken is wearing a red shirt (in plain view even in the moonlight) when he closes the back doors. But when the camera cuts to him getting close to Sylvia, he is wearing a blue shirt. See more
[to Helen Jorgenson
You seem to have an infinite capacity for hurt. First you try to destroy your daughter, and now our son.
Composed by Richard Wagner See more