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England, 1904. A young lawyer from London, Mr. Ashton (James Wilby) and his best friend are hiking across Dartmoor. As he twisted his ankle, Ashton is forced to seek help at a nearby farmhouse and stay there for a few days. Innocent beauty Megan David (Imogen Stubbs) catches the attention of Ashton. He decides to stay longer, and he and Megan fall in love, much to the displeasure of Megan's aunt (Susannah York) and her loutish son (Jerome Flynn). Before Ashton leaves the farm, he vows to return and take Megan away with him. Written by
A Summer Story opens with the year of 1922, after the first world war, but quickly goes back to 1902, the year of "The Gilded Age."
Two young men, on a journey, are setting across Somerset, when one injures his foot while trying to jump a gate. The two find a young girl, who leads them to a place where they can stay. The tranquil setting is too boring for one of the two young men, so he leaves, while his friend, with the injured foot stays on.
A romance begins to start with the girl. The only problem is, the home owner's son also has feelings for her.
This movie has great photography, one of the finest soundtracks by well known film composer Georges Delurues, and a very enduring love story.
The landscape settings are unequaled. The only fault I would have for this film is that it has not been remastered for release on DVD. Don't Be Fooled!!!! The DVD that is available is a simple transfer from a VHS tape! This movie deserves a good transfer to DVD and Blue-Ray.
You might find it interesting to know that the soundtrack album is worth anywhere from $200 to $250, as it was released for a very short time in 1988 by Virgin Records, and because of the quality of the music, considered Delurues' finest, is in high demand.
The film has not been shown on the premium channels (HBO, Cinemax, Showtime or Starz) since 1991. It is long due for a repeat presentation.
If you get the opportunity to watch this movie, do it! I don't think you will be disappointed. The running time is 97 minutes. It was released in 1988.
I hope the distributors for this movie will see this review and get the hint and make a proper transfer to DVD and Blue-Ray. "A Summer Story" deserves nothing less.
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