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Five Days One Summer (1982)

PG | | Drama | 1982 (Japan)
Sir Sean Connery stars in Fred Zinnemann's haunting tale of incestuous love set against a magnificent background of the Swiss Alps.

Director:

Fred Zinnemann

Writers:

Michael Austin (screenplay), Kay Boyle (short story: "Maiden, Maiden")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... Douglas Meredith
Betsy Brantley Betsy Brantley ... Kate
Lambert Wilson ... Johann Biari
Jennifer Hilary ... Sarah Meredith
Isabel Dean ... Kate's Mother
Gérard Buhr ... Brendel
Anna Massey ... Jennifer Pierce
Sheila Reid ... Gillian Pierce
Georges Claisse Georges Claisse ... Dieter
Kathy Marothy Kathy Marothy ... Dieter's Wife
Terry Kingley Terry Kingley ... Georg
Emilie Lihou Emilie Lihou ... Old Woman
Alfred Schmidhauser Alfred Schmidhauser ... Martin
Jerry Brouer Jerry Brouer ... Van Royen (as Jerry Brouwer)
Marc Duret ... French Student
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Storyline

Douglas Meredith (Sir Sean Connery) is a respectable married middle aged doctor with a terrible secret. He's been having a secret consensual incestuous affair with his niece Kate (Betsy Brantley) for some time now. She lives in the Swiss Alps and they have their badly needed privacy there. One day, Swiss guide Johann Biari (Lambert Wilson) shows up to take them mountain climbing. Kate shows a faint interest in this man, which worries Douglas. During the climb an accident happens and their lives are changed forever.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A story of turmoil and of love. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

WB Shop / Warner Archive

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

1982 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Fred Zinnemann's Five Days One Summer See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,891, 14 November 1982

Gross USA:

$199,078
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Betsy Brantley and Lambert Wilson received "introducing" credits despite having appeared in theatrical movies prior to this one. See more »

Alternate Versions

Fred Zinnemann edited 11 minutes from this film for its 1987 CBS television network premiere. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The King of Comedy (1982) See more »

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funny taste of Switzerland
24 August 2003 | by Sarah-187See all my reviews

This movie is dated and overly dramatic, but it also has its charms. The best part about it is the accurate portrayal of Swiss culture (yeah it does kind of exist, mostly mountain climbing and rigid traditions, but the occasional alphorn and yodle). Really, it is frighteningly accurate. Beautiful mountain scenery and discovering how old-school climbing gear worked are two of the other benefits of this surprisingly sweet movie.


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