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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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Patty Bergen
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Anton Reiker
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Ruth
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Harry Bergen
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Mrs. Bergen
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Pierce
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Sharon Bergen
Margaret Hall ...
Sister Parker
Anne Haney ...
Mrs. Benn
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McFee
Jane Hickey ...
Edna Louise
Mary Nell Santacroce ...
Gussie Mae
Roy Morris ...
Freddy
William Ovell ...
Mayor Holderness
J. Don Ferguson ...
Mr. Jackson
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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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El verano de mi soldado alemán  »

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Robyn Lively's TV debut. See more »

Quotes

Anton Reiker: [after finding out Patty is Jewish] You are Jew, little girl! I am a soldier of the Third Reich; we are enemies, you and I!
Patty Bergen: Don't you like me, Anton?
[Anton nods]
Patty Bergen: I knew you did, right from the first. I knew right then we could be the best of friends. Formidable friends.
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Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue
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Written by Ray Henderson, Joe Young and Sam Lewis
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heartbreaking coming-of-age story
7 July 2001 | by (Weaverville, NC) – See all my reviews

The extrodinary television movie concerns a young Jewish girl in Georgia who aids an escaped German POW and the resulting devestation it brings her family, primarily in her relationship with her father. Esther Rolle as the family domestic and Martin Balsam as the aloof father are fantastic. Hard to believe a film of this calibre was produced for television; it certainly sets a high standard.


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