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That Certain Summer (1972)

A teenager must deal with his divorced father's homosexuality.


Lamont Johnson
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview:
Hal Holbrook ... Doug Salter
Martin Sheen ... Gary McClain
Joe Don Baker ... Phil Bonner
Marlyn Mason ... Laureen Hyatt
Scott Jacoby ... Nick Salter
Hope Lange ... Janet Salter
James McEachin ... Mr. Early, the Conductor
Clarke Gordon Clarke Gordon ... Artist
Jan Shepard Jan Shepard ... Jody Bonner
Carolyn Bueno Carolyn Bueno ... Mrs. Michele
Myron Natwick ... Man at Party
Patti MacLeod Patti MacLeod ... Woman (as Patti Steele)


A teenager must deal with his divorced father's homosexuality.

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Homosexuality is something people never talk about. If they did this family would never have to face...









Release Date:

1 November 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Damals im Sommer See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Awards and nominations:
  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Drama (Scott Jacoby, winner)
  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Program - Drama or Comedy (nominee)
  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama - Original Teleplay (nominee)
  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Hal Holbrook, nominee)
  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Hope Lange, nominee)
  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Drama - A Single Program (nominee)
  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film Sound Mixing (nominee)
  • Golden Globe for Best Movie Made for TV (winner)
  • Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television (winner)
  • American Cinema Editors Award for Best Edited Television Special (nominee)
  • 1998 Producers Guild of America Hall of Fame Award (winner)
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Gary McClain: If I were a woman, everything would be acceptable, wouldn't it?
Janet Salter: If you were a woman, I'd know how to compete with you.
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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From "That Certain Summer" to the summer of "Brokeback Mountain"
5 March 2006 | by matildejuanSee all my reviews

I am reminded of this serious 1972 TV movie as a result of the newly released film, Brokeback Mountain. I was only 18 at the time, but the Holbrook/Sheen/Lange movie stayed with me for all these years. I think I still have a crush on Martin Sheen in his turtleneck sweater. All three leads in the movie did an excellent job. The movie seemed so serious and rather dark at the time. I just wish we could have talked more about the subject matter back then. It was one of those TV movies that just "disappeared" from site or discussion group comments. (Thank goodness for VHS and DVDs!) I am not aware of any reruns of this movie...ever. I'm sure someone will use it in a documentary some day.

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