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A wonderful TV movie about the friendship between an elderly Jewish man and a young African-American boy, set during the Vietnam war. Peter Ustinov and the child actor give excellent performances in an emotionally powerful story by Rod "Twilight Zone" Serling. Haven't seen the remake with Peter Falk in the Ustinov role, but I sure wish the original was available to buy or rent -- I'd love to see this movie again.
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This was an entry in the second Golden Age of television drama. After the development of portable TV/video equipment. You no longer had to live with the clarity of live/video for interiors, only to see the fuzziness of exterior filmed outdoor scenes. This technological step ALMOST overshadowed the performance of all of the actors involved. Peter Ustinov should have won every award he was ever nominated for. An actor of his range, playing the old Jewish proprietor of a delicatessen in upstate New York ? A match made in heaven. Young N'Gai Dixon as an inner city black youth sent to spend the summer with Ustinov, without either knowing it ? Dramatic perfection. I saw this once. Its television debut. 20 years old living with my parents. It didn't interest them at all. Even my father, who revered Mr. Ustinov. A late scene with Ustinov crying over his deli counter mourning those that he's lost, brings tears to my eyes as I type this. That, triggered by the death of young Dixon's brother in Viet-Nam, as I remember it. As much as I love Peter Falk, his recent filmed for TV version lacks.
"A Storm in Summer" is one of those viewing experiences that leaves an
imprint on one's heart and soul. Peter Ustinov did a masterful job, as
did the young actor who played Herman Washington. Fabulous performances
all around, bringing to life a memorable story.
Watching this movie 35 years ago had a profound effect on me personally. I became more "heart softened" and attuned to reaching out beyond myself, considering the "life stories" of those around me, more sensitive to the heartbreak that individual stories may hold beyond the facade of surface behavior.
The story was wonderfully produced and acted, based on a very moving and memorable story -- of hearts hardening and softening. I hope Hallmark makes it available in the 21st Century. Well worth the watch!
I share the sentiment of Ted, who wrote: "I sure wish the original was available to buy or rent -- I'd love to see this movie again." Any possibility of it being made available, friends at Hallmark?
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