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Five Days One Summer (1982)

PG | | Drama | 1982 (Japan)
Sean Connery stars in Fred Zinnemann's haunting tale of incestuous love set against a magnificent background of the Swiss Alps.

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Betsy Brantley ...
Kate
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Johann Biari
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Sarah Meredith
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Kate's Mother
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Brendel
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Jennifer Pierce
Sheila Reid ...
Gillian Pierce
Georges Claisse ...
Dieter
Kathy Marothy ...
Dieter's Wife
Terry Kingley ...
Georg
Emilie Lihou ...
Old Woman
Alfred Schmidhauser ...
Martin
Jerry Brouer ...
Van Royen (as Jerry Brouwer)
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French Student
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Douglas Meredith is a respectable married middle aged doctor with a terrible secret. He's been having a secret consensual incestuous affair with his barely legal niece Kate for some time now. She lives in the Swiss Alps and they have their badly needed privacy there. One day, Swiss guide Johann Biari shows up to take them mountain climbing. Kate shows a faint interest in this man, which worries Douglas. During the climb an accident happens and their lives are changed forever.

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Five Days In Summer  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$43,891 (USA) (14 November 1982)

Gross:

$199,078 (USA)
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Five Days One Summer (1982)

Plot In A Paragraph: A middle aged Scottish doctor (Connery) and a younger woman (Betsy Brantley) go on a climbing holiday in the Swiss alps, when their Swiss tour guide takes a liking to the woman.

Director Fred Zinnemann's movie deserves to be much better known than it is. It is beautifully shot, has great locations and is well acted. I think I know why audiences stayed away like they did.

It seemed at first that the couple were father and daughter, then it seemed as if they were on their honeymoon (as the doctor was introducing the young woman as his wife) finally, it was revealed they wear in fact uncle and niece, and they were having an incestuous affair. Not your usual love story. And it plays like a big television drama, lots of unnecessary flashbacks and a very melodramatic ending, and there isn't really a lot of dialogue either!! Long periods of time go by without a line of dialogue being spoken.

Another Connery movie I paid a lot of money to buy on DVD, however this one is worth watching (unlike a few of the others I purchased without seeing) a perfectly fine lazy Sunday afternoon movie.

Budgeted at $15 million, Five Days One Summer grossed under $200,000 at the domestic box office. Zimmerman was so upset by the movies failure and the awful reviews, that he never directed another movie again.


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