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Summer of '42 (1971)

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During his summer vacation on Nantucket Island in 1942, a youth eagerly awaiting his first sexual encounter finds himself developing an innocent love for a young woman awaiting news on her soldier husband's fate in WWII.

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Silent as a painting, the movie shows us day-dreamer Hermie and his friends Oscy and Benjie spending the summer of '42 on an US island with their parents - rather unaffected by WWII. While Oscy's main worries are the when and how of getting laid, Hermie honestly falls in love with the older Dorothy, who's married to an army pilot. When her husband returns to the front, Hermie shyly approaches her. Written by Bob Dawson <dawsonb@lfs.loral.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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26 April 1971 (Brazil)  »

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Verano del 42  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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$44,690,000, 31 December 1971
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Although Dorothy wished Hermie only good things in her letter to him, still Hermie ended up facing several depressing incidents after she left him. Herman Raucher was severely depressed about not hearing from Dorothy after she left him. Hermie's sister's fiancee died in 1944. Hermie's father passed away when he was 20. Hermie's best friend Oscy died on Hermie's 24th birthday. Since the death of Oscy, Hermie was never able to celebrate a birthday again. See more »

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While waiting outside the drugstore, Hermie's breath can be seen, although it's supposed to be the middle of summer. See more »

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Narrator: [voice-over] When I was 15 and my family came to the island for the summer, there weren't as many houses or people as they are now. The geography of the island and the singularity of the sea were far more noticeable then. And if a guy wasn't to die of loneliness, this family made certain that other families from his neighborhood contributed other kids to the island. Present with me in the summer of '42 were Oscy, my best friend. And Benji, my next best friend. We called ourselves ...
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Referenced in The Facts of Life: The Summer of '84 (1984) See more »

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Jingle Bells
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Written by James Pierpont
Portion whistled by Gary Grimes
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It spans the emotions and captures the minds of yesterday's boys
12 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Benjie was the nerd, Oscy was the tough guy, and Hermie was like most of us guys - confused, inquisitive, and deep in thought about a love he couldn't have. One of them was interested in a little rubber ball, one owned a rubber and was dying to use it, and one was somewhere in between. At least one of them would look back upon their adventures during the summer of '42 and recall it with the vivid detail that many of us have about our own childhood

For those adults who were once a fifteen-year-old boy or ever wanted to understand them, this is the movie that will touch you. To children who ever wanted to understand male adolescence before the digital world, this movie is a must. Other movies have come close but it remains my favorite flick and I am deeply grateful for Herman Raucher.


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