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Summer Affair (1971)

Il sole nella pelle (original title)
R | | Drama , Romance | 1979 (USA)
A rich girl falls for an older hippie boy. Her parents don't approve and try to stop her from seeing him.


Giorgio Stegani


Giorgio Stegani (original screenplay)


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Credited cast:
Alessio Orano Alessio Orano ... Robert
Ornella Muti ... Lisa
Luigi Pistilli ... Chief of Police
Chris Avram Chris Avram ... Father
Roby Ruberti Roby Ruberti
Fortunato Arena Fortunato Arena ... Truck Driver
Stella Carnacina Stella Carnacina
Aristide Caporale Aristide Caporale
Antonio Piretti Antonio Piretti
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Giulio Baraghini Giulio Baraghini
Gianni Pulone Gianni Pulone


Lisa, a fifteen-year-old daughter of a wealthy industrialist, falls in love with Robert, a young hippie, slightly older than her. Their feeling is very strong, and the two decide to take a little holiday in Ponza aboard the girl's father's sailboat. During the journey, however, they are forced to land on a deserted island, because of a shipwreck. Meanwhile, the police - alerted by Lisa's parents - is convinced that the girl was kidnapped by a maniac. Written by lament

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Summer Affair See more »

Filming Locations:

Ponza, Lazio, Italy

Company Credits

Production Co:

Stefano Film See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Featured in Famous T & A (1982) See more »


Don't Wake Me Up Tonight
Vocal by Ms. Georgia
Music by Bucky Barrett
Lyrics by Bobbi Cole
(In 1979 US Version Only "Summer Affair")
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Love is blind
27 September 2008 | by unbrokenmetalSee all my reviews

Lisa (Ornella Muti) meets a bunch of hippies and falls in love with guitar player Robert (Alessio Orano). Her father seems to think 'never trust a man with a flower tattoo' and asks Lisa to stop the relationship. The young lovers run away and end up shipwrecked on an island. But the police will search for them even there, and they are hunted mercilessly, getting into a desperate situation...

"Il sole nella pelle" seems a little dated with the hippies and the police who'd arrest them anytime, including a discussion at dime novel tragedy level about longing for freedom while it can't be achieved. But in the end, it's first of all a movie about foolish love, when a young girl is blind for the consequences, and it is a safe bet that still happens as often as back in 1971. Luigi Pistilli, one of the great character actors of the Italian cinema with an unforgettable face, plays the Chief of Police. 16 year old Ornella Muti took a bold step towards fame (or at least scandal) here with her first nude scene (her debut "The Most Beautiful Wife" did without such a scene, but is a more powerful movie).

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