Summer of My German Soldier (1978)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  30 October 1978 (USA)
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A young American girl meets a German prisoner of war.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patty Bergen
Anton Reiker
Harry Bergen
Mrs. Bergen
Sharon Bergen
Margaret Hall ...
Sister Parker
Mrs. Benn
Jane Hickey ...
Edna Louise
Mary Nell Santacroce ...
Gussie Mae
Roy Morris ...
William Ovell ...
Mayor Holderness
J. Don Ferguson ...
Mr. Jackson


Patty Bergen is a teenager in a Jewish family living in the American South during World War II. Patty feels like an outcast even in her own family and is unable to understand why her father can't seem to love her. Her town eventually becomes host to a prisoner of war camp. A young german soldier escapes from this camp, and Patty finds him hiding in her secret places in the woods outside of town. After getting to know him she ends up harboring him from his captors, and, in the way of many adolescents, falls in love with him. Patty knows what she is risking to help him, but in his company she feels important, special, and respected as she has never been. In the end, his regard lifts her self-esteem and helps her to face the heartbreaking events to come. Written by C.D.

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30 October 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El verano de mi soldado alemán  »

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Robyn Lively's TV debut. See more »


Sharon Bergen: [Sharon's birthday poem for her father] There once was a wonderful daddy, a daddy for me and for Patty. He was married to mommy, who put food in his tummy, but it didn't make him very fatty.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus (1993) See more »


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Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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One of the last great TV movies
3 August 2001 | by (New Jersey, United States) – See all my reviews

This is an incredibly moving story, based on Bette Greene's teen novel. The entire cast is wonderful - Kristy MacNichol, Bruce Davison, Esther Rolle. Just brilliant. I saw this when I was about 12, and read the book and the sequel. Have managed to catch it on TV a couple of times since. Such a heart-wrenching story, the kind they don't know how to make any more. More's the pity.

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