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Summer of '42 (1971)

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During his summer vacation on Nantucket Island in 1942, a youth eagerly awaiting his first sexual encounter finds himself developing an innocent love for a young woman awaiting news on her soldier husband's fate in WWII.

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Silent as a painting, the movie shows us day-dreamer Hermie and his friends Oscy and Benjie spending the summer of '42 on an US island with their parents - rather unaffected by WWII. While Oscy's main worries are the when and how of getting laid, Hermie honestly falls in love with the older Dorothy, who's married to an army pilot. When her husband returns to the front, Hermie shyly approaches her. Written by Bob Dawson <dawsonb@lfs.loral.com>

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If you think you're too old to enjoy this teenage love story you were never young. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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26 April 1971 (Brazil)  »

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Verano del 42  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Some critics of this film questions the veracity of this film although the film was based on the incident that claimed to be happened in the summer of 1942. One of them is this film and the book "Summer of '42" claim that Hermie and Oscy saw the film "Now voyager" during Summer of 1942. But the initial release of Now Voyager was only in 22nd October of 1942 (in New York City) and the official release date of the film throughout USA was in October 31, 1942. See more »

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The scene directly after Dorothy removes her underwear, the camera pans up her bare back and her regular underwear for shooting the scene can still be seen on her. See more »

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Narrator: [voice-over] When I was 15 and my family came to the island for the summer, there weren't as many houses or people as they are now. The geography of the island and the singularity of the sea were far more noticeable then. And if a guy wasn't to die of loneliness, this family made certain that other families from his neighborhood contributed other kids to the island. Present with me in the summer of '42 were Oscy, my best friend. And Benji, my next best friend. We called ourselves ...
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Jingle Bells
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Written by James Pierpont
Portion whistled by Gary Grimes
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A True Classic
31 January 2003 | by (WILMINGTON, NC) – See all my reviews

I have seen a classic that was indeed a keeper. Summer of '42 is a monster of a hit. Strong, gripping story of coming of age of three mischief makers wanting to know about love during the times of war. The setting was magnificent, Gary Grimes role of dreamer Hermie was outstanding, Jennifer O'Neal as Dorothy was fantastic! Lots of nostalgia, talking about sex was mainly the theme. But when it comes to love it all shows. I felt a lot of wonder and awe when Hermie spent a lot of time with Dorothy with each level: Comedy,it's when he helped store some items, and feeling her moves with every glance he made. Drama, when she lost her husband in the war; Romance, when Hermie got his wish. Losing your innocence is nothing to be ashamed of, when it's caused by curiosity. This one encounter I think that Hermie will NEVER forget in his lifetime. The other two would have to find out themselves about their buddy. Hermie was the risk taker, and it made its payoff. He has more maturity than the other two ruffians. I enjoyed the 10 minutes of silence between Hermie and Dorothy. If you like that try the sequel "Class of '44" and "Stealing Home". This movie gets the 100% grade of A+


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