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Summer of '42 (1971)

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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While waiting outside the drugstore, Hermie's breath can be seen, although it's supposed to be the middle of summer. 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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One of my all-time favorites.
25 August 2004 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This is truly a wonderful film and a classic. It has everything: romance, comedy, sadness and the reminiscence of puberty and coming of age. The dialog between Hermie and his two teenage buddies wile exploring their emerging sexuality is a wonderful and hilarious, i.e., "Do you think I'm in love with Vera Michaels. I hope I'm not in love with her. I hate her." Who couldn't relate to those things in our youth.

Jennifer O'Neill, as Hermie's crush Dorothy, is gorgeous and well suited for her role. The scenes between her and Hermie go from funny and clever to sad and wondrous. One can only guess the emotions going on inside Dorothy's head when she finds out her husband has been killed in the war. I always felt she just wanted to experience closeness with someone during that time and Hermie just happened to be nearby. She also knew he cared about her and it was important for her to be needed . . . by someone.

A glorious film and one I can watch tons of times and discover something different each time. Highly recommended.

P.S. Michele LeGrand's musical score is beautiful. Just another plus for the movie.


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