I give this movie a "9" because I think there are a number of ways it could have been edited better, but perhaps this is a function of its being a Made for TV (HBO?) movie. It is CERTAINLY a movie worth viewing, and I do wish "On Golden Pond" had not upstaged "Summer Solstice" to the extent that it did!
My husband hates "chick flicks," and normally I do, too. But he begged me to watch this after he'd seen it late one night, and even on second viewing it brought him to tears. We'd been married only 5 years in 1981, and he said made him think of the kind of deep, long-term relationship he'd like to look back on in our own sunset years - Which we have now reached.
The movie showed giddy romance, tragedy, betrayal, growth, and final deep commitment.
I did love this movie. I can't think of a more expressive line I've ever heard in a movie anywhere than Henry Fonda to the cop, referring to the dying Myrna Loy, "She's leaving me now. Please let us alone." When I was in school becoming certified as a librarian, I had to create a website. That original site is gone, but I have recreated it here:
(Please copy and paste the URL into your browser - It seems I am unable to create a hyperlink on IMDb.)
Here I give tribute to a fine movie, as "A Reverie...The Beauty of a Lifelong Love." Please take the time to click on the picture and visit the Summer Solstice page. (Full permissions were obtained.)
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