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A Summer Story (1988)

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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Frank Ashton
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Megan David
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Mrs. Narracombe
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Jim (as Ken Colley)
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Joe Narracombe
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Nick
Oliver Perry ...
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Harry Burton ...
Garton
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Stella Halliday
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Phil Halliday
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Sabina Halliday
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Freda Halliday
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Betsy
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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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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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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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Many of the extras and minor characters in A Summer Story (such as Cyril Chudley, who played Betsy's father, seen in the sheep pen shaking hands with Mr Ashton) were actually real farmers. They were invited to take part in the film because they were accomplished country dancers. That years harvest had to be worked around the filming schedule. See more »

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Version of Actor's Studio: The Apple Tree (1950) See more »

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Gentle Maiden
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Traditional
Sung by James Wilby
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a precious film
22 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watch this gem about twice a year, when I feel like having a good cry. This film truly transports me to another time and place.

There are timeless morality issues dealt with in the story, and the unforgettable ending gives a person goose bumps. Seeing the film inspired me to read the story it's adapted from(The AppleTree.) There are some differences between the story and the film, of course, and the endings are somewhat different, although the overall idea is on the same wavelength. I feel the ending of the film is very,very strong and extremely suited to the film genre as compared to the written page.

The music is exquisite. Not only does it cast a beautiful spell from the very first note, but it remains in your mind long after the film is over.

A precious, precious film.


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