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Echoes of a Summer (1976)

PG | | Drama | April 1976 (USA)
A couple, whose daughter has a life-threatening heart condition, decides to make her last days of life as meaningful for her as possible by taking her to the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.



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Complete credited cast:
Eugene Striden
Ruth Striden
Dr. Hallet
Deirdre Striden
Robert L. Joseph ...


The eleven-year-old Deirdre suffers from an incureable heart trouble. For two years, her parents Eugene and Ruth have consulted heart specialists - but without any success. Now they have gone to Mahone Bay in Canada, to arrange for her last days as pleasant as possible. The nine-year-old neighbour boy Phillip is the only one who brings a little happiness into the home, because Deirdre knows exactly whats wrong with her. After she suffered from an acute attack and the end comes faster than everybody had thought, Deirdre and Phillip succeed in celebrating the twelfth birthday of the girl as a day of joy. Written by Thomas Manhardt <Thomas.Manhardt@wu-wien.ac.at>

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A film that will make you sigh...cry...and still feel good all over. See more »




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Release Date:

April 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Last Castle  »

Box Office


CAD 900,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Jodie Foster was staying in Canada in 1976 to star in two Canadian-set films: Echoes of a Summer and The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane. See more »


Deirdre Striden: [to Philip as the sun beams down on them both] I wish I could see what you'll look like when you're grown-up.
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The Last Castle
Written and Performed by Richard Harris
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An excellent movie on the strength of the human heart
3 June 2000 | by (OKC, USA) – See all my reviews

All of the acting is as good as it gets. Jodie Foster as the main character gives a flawless performance, in this extremely well written story about the life of a precocious child that is dying. Director Don Taylor, creates a visually beautiful, yet simple canvas on which the actors ply their craft. This is a movie with much raw emotion, but as light as is possible on the cliche tear jerker stuff. It offers a range of emotions and insights into the human condition. Makes you proud to be human, even with all of our flaws. Don't miss it, but be prepared to be emotionally wrung out.

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