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A Summer Story (1988)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Mr. Ashton
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Megan David
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Mrs. Narracombe
Kenneth Colley ...
Jim (as Ken Colley)
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Joe Narracombe
Lee Billett ...
Nick
Oliver Perry ...
Rick
Harry Burton ...
Garton
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Stella Halliday
John Elmes ...
Mr. Halliday
Camilla Power ...
Sabina Halliday
Juliette Fleming ...
Freda Halliday
Sukie Smith ...
Betsy
John Savident ...
Bank Clerk
Rachel Joyce ...
Post Office Girl
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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 nitorch

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For every man and every woman there is that one great love. A love that touches the heart fires the soul and lingers in the memory forever.

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Drama | Romance

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23 July 1988 (South Korea)  »

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Aquel inolvidable verano  »

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$462,813 (USA)
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Version of Actor's Studio: The Apple Tree (1950) See more »

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A beautifully photographed and acted masterpiece!
19 November 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film, though little noticed by the general moviegoing public, is a beautifully photographed and acted masterpiece. It is a bittersweet tale of lost love, based on a short story ("The Apple Tree") by John Galsworthy. Most of the film, in writer Penelope Mortimer's skillful adaptation, is presented as a flashback -- sandwiched by an introduction and coda that are devastatingly poignant. Piers Haggard directs with a lighthanded touch that makes the characters seem utterly real. I cannot recommend this film too highly. Every time I view it, I am overwhelmed anew by its intense vision of human nature. A gem!


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