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Summer Lovers (1982)

A young American couple and a French woman engage in a threesome in the Greek Islands.

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Lina (as Valerie Quennessen)
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Barbara Foster
Hans van Tongeren ...
Jan Tolin
Lydia Lenosi ...
Aspa
Vladimiros Kiriakidis ...
Yorghos (as Vladimiros Kiriakos)
Carlos Rodríguez Ramos ...
Cosmo
Rika Dialyna ...
Monica (as Rika Dialina)
Andreas Filippides ...
Andreas (as Andreas Filippidis)
Peter Pye ...
Joe Saunders
Janis Benjamin ...
Trish Saunders
Victor T. Salant ...
John
Brigitte Perbandt ...
Anna
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A young American couple go to the Greek islands for the summer and are dazzled by the beauty and the uninhibited people surrounding them. The young man meets and begins an affair with a French woman, an archeologist working on a dig. The young American woman discovers this and goes to confront the other woman. The French woman is quite taken with the American woman's photographic work, and the three become very close. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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Every year young people from all over the world come to the romantic Greek islands. Michael and Cathy came from America for one uncomplicated summer before facing the future. Lina came from France to enjoy the freedom of being alone...together they find an unexpected experience far beyond their fantasies. Randal Kleiser, director of Grease and The Blue Lagoon, now brings you his most provocative film, Summer Lovers. It's one summer you'll never forget. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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16 July 1982 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The villa that the "Lina" character occupied is now a luxury hotel named "Art Maisons-Oia". See more »

Goofs

When Cathy, wakes alone the first night in their villa, she awakes naked. She wraps a sheet around her, calling for Michael. A moment, later she finds him on the balcony, she is wearing both a bathrobe and a t-shirt. See more »

Quotes

Lina: Jealousy doesn't show how much you love someone, it shows how insecure you are.
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Features Hoi Polloi (1935) See more »

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Sexuality
Written and Performed by Prince
From the album "Controversy" (1981) (uncredited)
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This movie is so much MORE than just 'T & A'!! A subtle classic
12 December 2004 | by (Utah, USA) – See all my reviews

How can you NOT love a movie that actually has a clip from a 3 Stooges short?

But seriously, this movie has a way of getting under the skin of many who view it. Like "Bagdad Cafe", and "Summer of '42" this movie has a certain 'magic' to it that stays with you for a very long time afterward. It's not due to any one element, but rather, the synergy created between the beautiful cinematography of the lush Greek scenery, the chemistry between the drop-dead gorgeous cast (all at their absolute peak of sexual/physical ripeness), a dynamic, inspiring soundtrack, and a subtle, well-crafted plot (if you can actually call it that...it is more of a skeletal framework...a backdrop against which to explore the issues at hand) It is a more mature examination, a graduate course, if you will, of the sexual revolution. It is a victory celebration of polyamorous relationships. It's the other side of the coin of 'Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice'. It is "The Harrod Experiment" coming-of-age. (To those of you who were 15 when you saw "Summer Lovers", I doubt you've heard of The Harrod Experiment. The casualness with which nudity is handled in this flick only contributes to the overall beauty of it. (I doubt the movie would have had nearly the same effect if the principals were Roseanne & Oprah, with Pauley Shore playing the male lead...) Funny thing, when it came out, prurient minds dismissed it as the quintessential sleazy male fantasy. There was just one problem with this knee-jerk review...Females liked it as much (if not more) than male viewers!!! This movie has confounded the critics since its debut...and still does so as it continues to win fans 22 years after its release. It is one of the few truly realistic depictions of an 'alternate lifestyle', handled with exquisitely good taste with just the right amount of restraint. Even the editing is exemplary. Truly a classic bit of film-making.

Warning: View it at your own risk. As I stated, the 'message' of this movie is insidious, and can cause one to re-examine some long-held social conventions. Subsequent viewings only enhance this effect. 5 years before "Dirty Dancing", there was Summer Lovers.

The sole tragic note to this movie is that Valerie Quennessen died only 7 years after its release.


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