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Summer of My German Soldier (1978)

A young American girl meets a German prisoner of war.


Michael Tuchner


Bette Greene (novel), Bette Greene (screenwriter) | 1 more credit »
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristy McNichol ... Patty Bergen
Bruce Davison ... Anton Reiker
Esther Rolle ... Ruth
Michael Constantine ... Harry Bergen
Barbara Barrie ... Mrs. Bergen
James Noble ... Pierce
Robyn Lively ... Sharon Bergen
Margaret Hall Margaret Hall ... Sister Parker
Anne Haney ... Mrs. Benn
Sonny Shroyer ... McFee
Jane Hickey Jane Hickey ... Edna Louise
Mary Nell Santacroce Mary Nell Santacroce ... Gussie Mae
Roy Morris Roy Morris ... Freddy
William Ovell William Ovell ... Mayor Holderness
J. Don Ferguson ... Mr. Jackson


Patty Bergen is a teenager in a Jewish family living in the American South during World War II. Patty feels like an outcast even in her own family and is unable to understand why her father can't seem to love her. Her town eventually becomes host to a prisoner of war camp. A young german soldier escapes from this camp, and Patty finds him hiding in her secret places in the woods outside of town. After getting to know him she ends up harboring him from his captors, and, in the way of many adolescents, falls in love with him. Patty knows what she is risking to help him, but in his company she feels important, special, and respected as she has never been. In the end, his regard lifts her self-esteem and helps her to face the heartbreaking events to come. Written by C.D.

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The compelling, bittersweet story of a 13-year old Jewish girl who falls in love with an escaped Nazi P.O.W. in a small Georgia town during World War II!


Drama | Romance | War


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Robyn Lively's TV debut. See more »


Patty Bergen: [watching Anton leave] I love you, Anton. I love you now. I'll love you forever.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus (1993) See more »


Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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Summer of My German Soldier-A Love Story to Remember
18 July 2007 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

This movie should have easily qualified as a film

that best promotes human understanding among people.

It may be rather annoying to even try to comprehend that a young Jewish southern girl could would give shelter to an escaped German prisoner of war.

Kristy McNichol depicts an amazing portrait of the unhappy, young girl thirsting for acceptance and love. Michael Constantine gave a remarkable performance as her difficult father and Esther Rolle, as the maid, Ruth, gave a superb Emmy-winning performance as an understanding maid caught up with these events.

Bruce Davison portrays the German who is supposedly not guilty of Nazi atrocities. This is how his role appears. He has escaped, but he joined the German army and he might have been a member of the Hitler youth movement.

The action takes place in 1944 Georgia, in a rural area. The townspeople are filled with prejudice. Even the FBI inspector acts as if he would like to get something on the Jews. Notice the opposite interpretation that as McNichol is in bed, Davison is hunted down and ultimately shot. It is interesting to see that society views McNichol as a traitor for harboring an escaped prisoner of war. The film also deals with an extremely complex relationship that exists between father and daughter. Constantine's outburst at his daughter at the end is some acting. As the mother, Barbara Barrie, is given little to do. It was annoying that she is stereotyped as the typical Jewish mother with that loud shade of lipstick on her lips.

Memorably done and well worth viewing.

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Release Date:

30 October 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El verano de mi soldado alemán See more »

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Highgate Pictures See more »
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1.33 : 1
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