14 user 11 critic

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.


Fred Zinnemann


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


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
Learn more

More Like This 

Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In Australia's Outback during the early twentieth century, the impoverished Carmody family lives a nomadic life out of their wagon, but the mom and son want to settle, while the dad is against it.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum, Peter Ustinov
Julia (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards
Comedy | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A satire of American news reporting, covert agencies, and political system. The theft of two suitcase sized nuclear weapons, and their sale to a terrorist group, leads television newsman ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Brooks
Stars: Sean Connery, George Grizzard, Robert Conrad
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After leaving a wealthy Belgian family to become a nun, Sister Luke struggles with her devotion to her vows during crisis, disappointment, and World War II.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans
The Offence (1973)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A burnt-out British police detective finally snaps whilst interrogating a suspected child molester.

Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: Sean Connery, Trevor Howard, Vivien Merchant
The Presidio (1988)
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A San Francisco civilian police detective is forced to work on a series of murders with his former enemy commanding officer while dating his daughter.

Director: Peter Hyams
Stars: Sean Connery, Mark Harmon, Meg Ryan
A Time to Die (1991)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A female photographer teams up with a policeman to try to bring down a corrupt police officer who framed her for drug possession and during her investigation, finds that not everything, or everyone, is what they appear to be.

Director: Charles T. Kanganis
Stars: Traci Lords, Jeff Conaway, Richard Roundtree
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Famous Spanish bandit Artiguez returns to his native Spanish village after 20 years in French exile but Spanish cop Vinolas is setting a trap for him.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An expatriate British publisher unexpectedly finds himself working for British intelligence to investigate people in Russia.

Director: Fred Schepisi
Stars: Sean Connery, Michelle Pfeiffer, Roy Scheider
Black Lemons (1970)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Director: Camillo Bazzoni
Stars: Antonio Sabato, Peter Carsten, Silvano Tranquilli
The Next Man (1976)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Influential Arab diplomat becomes the target of numerous assassination attempts, after he announces his plan to make peace with Israel by letting them join the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (O.P.E.C.).

Director: Richard C. Sarafian
Stars: Sean Connery, Cornelia Sharpe, Albert Paulsen
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A Korean War veteran's morphine addiction wreaks havoc upon his family.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Don Murray, Eva Marie Saint, Anthony Franciosa




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


An obsession, a love, a memory. See more »




PG | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Lambert Wilson and Fred Zinnemann worked together on Julia (1977). See more »

Alternate Versions

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


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

User Reviews

High five for a final bow
22 December 2015 | by tomsviewSee all my reviews

I'm one of those who think this film is a neglected gem.

It has a number of twists but it is the interaction between the three leads that makes it so compelling. Without giving too much away, the story, which is set in 1932, is about a couple, Douglas Meredith (Sean Connery) and the much younger Kate Meredith (Betsy Brantley) who arrive at a Swiss chalet during the summer for some hiking and a little mountain climbing.

As the story unfolds we realise that although they introduce themselves as husband and wife, there is something difficult about the relationship. The whole thing comes to a head and decisions are forced when Kate attracts the attention of a young climbing guide played by Lambert Wilson.

This was Fred Zinneman's last film, but it has a different mood and pace than many of his films. It unfolds at not so much a leisured pace but a measured one, and there is plenty of tension throughout the story. It seems very much like a Merchant Ivory production. If you have seen films such as "Heat and Dust", "Howard's End" or "Remains of the Day", you'll know what I mean - although it was made a few years before any of those.

Apparently the film bombed when it was first released and the critics were less than impressed. Possibly that was partly because it was an unexpected entry from the man who had helmed films such as "From Here to Eternity", "High Noon" and "The Day of the Jackal", but I think they may also have been put off by the revelation about the Meredith's relationship.

Sean Connery plays a man with much on his mind with no small amount of guilt thrown in. He handles it with the same understatement that underpins the film. Surprisingly, Connery's natural power comes through more noticeably here than in many of his action roles.

With her rather unflattering 1930's fashions and bobbed hairstyle, Betsy Brantley at first seems unprepossessing as Kate but her openness and freshness soon makes believable the attention she receives from the males in the movie.

If you're tastes run to "Fast and Furious 4" then this probably isn't your movie, but if you are looking for a beautifully acted and photographed story with a touch of intrigue told in an unhurried manner, "Five Days in Summer" is worth seeking out.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 14 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.


Official Sites:

WB Shop / Warner Archive




English | German | French

Release Date:

1982 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Fred Zinnemann's Five Days One Summer See more »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,891, 14 November 1982

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Recently Viewed