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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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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 <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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16 July 1982 (USA)  »

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1.85 : 1
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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.
Cathy Featherstone: I think I'll expand into the kitchen and fix dinner.
Lina: When there is not enough space, there is pressure.
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Written by Victi Silva (uncredited)
Performed by Peter Skellern
Produced by Graham Walker (uncredited)
Arranged by David Lindup (uncredited)
courtesy of Phonogram Records
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Greek Math: 1 + 2 = 3
12 February 2003 | by (Cincinnati, OH) – See all my reviews

How best to describe a big slice of cinematic Velveeta? The film concerns itself with three beautiful tan people (on an island of beautiful tan people) who find fulfillment in a relationship that involves the three of them together. A tawdrier subject who would be hard to come up with, yet somehow it all comes across as (mostly) good, clean fun. A pre-stardom Gallagher brings his self-conscious, sexually naive girlfriend (Hannah) to a splendid Greek island where nudity on the beach is common and sex and drugs are everywhere for the taking. (Of course, our screen lovemakers pass on the drugs, lest they offend even more potential Puritanical viewers than they do by getting involved in a threesome!) Penis and bare breasts are evident on screen before the opening credits even roll. Gallagher is on the island approximately 10 minutes before he comes across serene, sun-basking Quennessen who is completely at home with the Bohemian nature of the island (and has one amazing pair of eyes, although Gallagher probably was more interested in another pair of hers!) He pursues her at every opportunity until she catches him. Expected resentments occur once Hannah finds out, but what sets this apart from the other 2000 stories about adultery that have been filmed is this...once Hannah meets Quennessen, she finds herself enamored of her so much that she starts to encourage the relationship between her and Gallagher. The rest of the story you can glean from the title. The best aspects of the film include the tremendously inviting and arresting Greek scenery and architecture, the ultra-pop soundtrack (which is occasionally intrusive) and surprisingly natural performances of the rather green lead actors. Another plus, for many viewers will be the nonstop parade of non-surgically-enhanced breasts and buns of the young international cast of extras. Flaws include a pretty weak script and occasional editing that looks like it was done with the proverbial chainsaw. The film benefits extraordinarily from the location shooting. If it had been set anywhere else it would become the most tacky soft porn film of all time. It is dispiriting to think of this junk as screen veteran Rush's last theatrical feature, though, admittedly, she is perfect as Hannah's confounded mother. Her sidekick Cook gets in a few laughs before they are spirited off. Gallagher and Hannah obviously went on to much better things. Unfortunately, Quennessen was dead within a few years from an accident and rising Dutch actor Tongeren killed himself that same year. It's a bit of a time capsule...a pre-AIDS wallow in sexual freedom and exploration, that inexplicably remains rather innocent despite it's subject.

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