Summer Lovers (1982)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  16 July 1982 (USA)
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A young American couple and a French woman engage in a threesome in the Greek Islands.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lina (as Valerie Quennessen)
Barbara Foster
Hans van Tongeren ...
Jan Tolin
Lydia Lenosi ...
Vladimiros Kiriakidis ...
Yorghos (as Vladimiros Kiriakos)
Carlos Rodríguez Ramos ...
Rika Dialyna ...
Monica (as Rika Dialina)
Andreas Filippides ...
Andreas (as Andreas Filippidis)
Peter Pye ...
Joe Saunders
Janis Benjamin ...
Trish Saunders
Victor T. Salant ...
Brigitte Perbandt ...


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 <>

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Groove to the sound of Chicago's chart busting hit 'Hard To Say I'm Sorry' and 'Just Can't Get Enough' by Depeche Mode Plus Hit Numbers by - Elton John Tina Turner and many more! See more »


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Did You Know?


Santorini, is also known by its ancient name, Thira. The island is a huge volcano, the center of which disappeared in a terrific explosion in about 1500 B.C. It is widely believed that this cataclysm wherein half the island slid into the sea, together with the attendant tidal wave which destroyed Minoan Crete, gave rise to the legend of the lost continent of Atlantis. See more »


As "Kathy" arrives at "Lina"'s, Lina is reading outside, mostly in shade. Moments later, when Kathy walks through the same area, it's in direct sunshine. Moments further on, Lina is seated near Kathy, with both women mostly in shade. See more »


Lina: People are like gas.
Cathy Featherstone: I beg your pardon?
Lina: Gas expands to fit the space and so do people.
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Sweet Classic about Mange a Trois on perfect summer isle
25 May 2002 | by (RI) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful movie- described by many as an escapist fantasy, but letter perfect in it's depiction of the awkward relationship of European-adventuring couple Gallagher + Darryl Hannah in her most resplendent role (Rent this one-she is nude in 60% of it and have no idea how they pared it down for AMC), the difficult mechanics of a 3-way relationship, the sexual politics of the steamy Greek Isles, the carefree tentative joy of gorgeous twenty somethings on the loose in paradise.

The location on the fabled Greek Island of Santorini (Thera) is breathlessly beautiful- it was annihilated in 1600 BC in a titantic volcanic explosion that wiped out the whole Eastern Med, and probably the source of Atlantis legends- 10 years later ('92) I visited (maybe subconciously from the movie) and still think it's the most beautiful place in the world- 1000 ft. cliffs with 10 stories of whitewashed interconnected blue-roofed buildings in a brilliant white strip along the top (town of Fira), black sand beaches on outer side, 2500 ft central mountain w Roman/Hellenistic/Dorian acropoli, entire intact buried Minoan city (Acrotiri-prominently featured) with 3 story bldgs and gorgeous color frescos- a Pompei that's twice as old, central volcano in the middle of grotto, impossibly aquamarine Agean, 7000 years of habitation. I blew through 5 36-exp rolls of film in the first day and burnt myself right through 30 SPF though it was March (the sun reflects off the whitewashed bldgs), which was a nice change from the Russian winter I'd just endured. The Greek Isles are sybaritic mating Shangri-La's for Europeans, packed with spectacular slick semi-naked Euro women (mostly Mikinos).

Valerie is a sweetheart too, a slightly flaky French waif with huge sad haunting eyes- maybe she knew she only had 7 years left. The relationship is driven more by the women than Gallagher, as often really happens. I accidentally saw it in Chicago at the near end of an exhausting 4 mo. cross country expedition (with Officer + a Gentleman-hell of a twin bill) and was really moved by it, or rather the incredible Hannah, whom I instantly and totally loved. Think Jackie Kennedy made a bad mistake banning JFK Jr from marrying her- his life would have been far more fulfilled with this magnificent sweetheart than with the hard eyed Bissette, who reportedly demanded he wait for her sister and take off for Martha's Vinyard 1 1/4 hours later than he wanted, into the deadly dusk.

This movie uses songs more perfectly than almost any movie I can think of- "I'm so excited", "Everbody needs a little time away"- Chicago, at just the appropriate points. Do check it out- exp. the video, because the un-self conscious unaffected unenhanced Hannah is unequaled, and the movie is a sweet libertine gem. -------------------------------------------- Mike Hammerschlag

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