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Summer's Gone (1999)

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Two close friends grow up and drift apart until one is involved in a fatal crash. As the other grieves, complications arise.
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Jason Wilson ...
Costen Underhill
Drew Cortese ...
Todd Atman
Jenny Rebecca Hill ...
Megan
Kay Wilson ...
Juliette
Sean Loughlin ...
Bob
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Tricia
Frederick Frazier ...
Alonzo (as Fred Frazier)
Alison Bonn ...
Jenny (as Alison Block)
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Jake
Marcia Edmundson ...
Mrs. Atman
Susan Shearin ...
Old Woman
Philip Boyne ...
Young Costen
Wells Struble ...
Young Todd
Tad Papes Jr. ...
Young Bob
Claire Stroup ...
Nikki
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Two close friends grow up and drift apart until one is involved in a fatal crash. As the other grieves, complications arise.

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grieving | death of friend | See All (2) »

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How do we live with the things that we do? Sometimes we can't.

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$15,000 (estimated)
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Written, directed and edited for $25,000 by two students at Duke University. See more »

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Costen: Things just pick up a momentum of their own - life does. I don't know why we drifted apart any more than I know why we were so close for so long.
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Impressive, if taken in context.
10 June 2003 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

I heard of this movie on my college campus many times until it took on the status of an urban myth for my particular campus. When I stumbled upon a copy of the film, naturally, I was eager to see it. And I was impressed.

Several Duke students under the direction of Steve Zapotoczny hammered together this film with less than thirty thousand dollars. The fact that the film exists at all is quite a feat.

SPOILER: It is a story about life-long friends, Todd and Costen, separated by Todd's sudden death. It is about what brings us together and how we cope when relationships must end.

After Todd's death, Costen cannot cope and he only finds solace talking with Todd's girlfriend. Soon their

mutual solace grows into something more and this becomes another source of pain. The film is narrated by Costen to a camera while he toys with a gun in his hand, seeking any kind of relief.

Sure, there is hokey dialogue and there are contrived plot lines in abundance, but the main actors and especially the film makers do a laudable job in this student film. And as you watch it, it does grab you, you are interested in the character's fates. The emotions seem much more valid than other larger budgeted pieces in the same genre. At the end of the film, you have to give it the benefit of the doubt and be impressed

what these film makers manage with such a small budget. It captures the zeitgeist of Duke campus in the late nineties.

I seriously doubt any one reading this will have a chance to watch this movie but all of the errors in the film are errors of experience and not errors in judgment or taste. In short, it is a rough gem (sometimes very rough). If you happen to find a copy - watch it.


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