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Summer and Smoke (1961)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  April 1962 (Austria)
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Plain, repressed spinster falls for a dashing young medical student, but he prefers the wilder life, until it's too late.

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Since childhood, spinster Alma Winemiller has loved handsome young Dr. John Buchanan, Jr.. But John has fallen hard for Rosa Zacharias, the town's sultry vamp, and descends into a seamy nightlife while ignoring Alma's dreams of romance and possible marriage. Written by alfiehitchie

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The original Broadway play "Summer and Smoke" by Tennessee Williams opened Oct. 6, 1948 at the Music Box Theatre and ran for 102 performances. Ray Walston was in the cast in a supporting role. See more »

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Version of BBC Play of the Month: Summer and Smoke (1972) See more »

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A haunting treatment of a Tennessee Williams drama, fraught with repressed, deeply felt emotion. Geraldine Page gives a riveting, heartbreaking performance.
15 August 1999 | by (Illinois, USA) – See all my reviews

Set in a small, insular town in the deep South, this is a gripping drama of miscommunication and repressed passion. Geraldine Page's powerful performance becomes progressively more harrowing as her character, the spinsterish Miss Alma, struggles to forge a connection with the man she has always loved--the handsome, dissolute son of the town's respected doctor (Laurence Harvey, perfectly cast). In the process, lives are forever changed--in ways none of those involved could have predicted. Page is simply incredible in this movie, delivering a climactic soliloquy that will leave you emotionally shell-shocked.


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