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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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9 April 1971 (USA)  »

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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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Referenced in The Simpsons: Summer of 4 Ft. 2 (1996) See more »

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Hold Tight, Hold Tight (Want Some Seafood, Mama)
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Written by Jerry Brandow, Buddy G. DeSylva, Edward Robinson, Willie Spottswood and Leonard Ware
Sung by The Andrews Sisters
Played on radio at the beach
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A special film...
8 September 1999 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

"The Summer of '42" is an exceptional and touching film, one that holds a special place in American film history. It is not a film to be forgotten. And the musical score by Michel Legrand is easily one of the most beautiful ever produced. See this film!


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