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Summertree (1971)

GP | | Drama | 1971 (UK)
Jerry, not a member of the 'protest generation' but is instead, an 'All American boy,' is drafted into the Army, just as things begin to go well for him. His decision to flee to Canada ... See full summary »

Director:

Anthony Newley

Writers:

Edward Hume (screenplay), Stephen Yafa (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Michael Douglas ... Jerry
Jack Warden ... Herb
Brenda Vaccaro ... Vanetta
Barbara Bel Geddes ... Ruth
Kirk Calloway Kirk Calloway ... Marvis (as Kirk Callaway)
Bill Vint Bill Vint ... Tony
Jeff Siggins ... Bennie (as Jeff Siggens)
Rob Reiner ... Don
William Smith ... Draft Lawyer
Garry Goodrow Garry Goodrow ... Ginsberg
Dennis Fimple ... Shelly (as Dennis Clark Fimple)
June Fairchild ... Girl in Dorm
Richard Stahl Richard Stahl ... Man in Conservatory
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Storyline

Jerry, not a member of the 'protest generation' but is instead, an 'All American boy,' is drafted into the Army, just as things begin to go well for him. His decision to flee to Canada sparks off conflict with his parents, ending in the film's conclusion - in Vietnam. Written by alfiehitchie

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Once there was a girl and a guitar and a summertree...

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

La casita en el árbol See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
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Trivia

Anthony Newley, the director of this film, was Oscar-nominated in 1971 but not for this film. His Oscar nod was for co-writing the score, with Leslie Bricusse and Walter Scarf, for "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." See more »


Soundtracks

Having The Time Of Our Lives
by David Shire and Richard Maltby Jr. (as Richard Maltby)
Sung by Hamilton Camp
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"Your best routine is yourself."
15 January 2017 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

20-year-old college student, anxious to ditch the dull standard curriculum to study music at the school's conservatory, butts heads with his father over the decisions he's making and the girl that he's dating, while the Vietnam War and the draft looms large over him. Thinly-derived adaptation of Ron Cowen's off-Broadway play, a generation-gap tale directed by Anthony Newley (of all people), does have a distinctive middle-America look that captures life around mom's dining room table better than "The Subject Was Roses". Still, this young man's journey isn't very enthralling and his arguments aren't very persuasive. Newley keeps a lively pace but doesn't reign in his actors, although Michael Douglas, in one of his earliest film roles, is comfortable in front of the camera. Despite a bad haircut and a reddish face that looks sunburned, Douglas handles the leading role well, sharing a few strong scenes with Jack Warden as his father and Brenda Vaccaro as his girlfriend, a nursing student. Kirk Douglas (Michael's real-life dad) produced the film as a gift for his son; that kind of love and generosity is faked in the movie, which has an overlay of TV-styled melodrama that renders it ultimately unimportant. **1/2 from ****


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