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Summer Lovers (1982)

A young American couple and a French woman engage in a threesome in the Greek Islands.


Randal Kleiser


Randal Kleiser




Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Gallagher ... Michael Pappas
Daryl Hannah ... Cathy Featherstone
Valérie Quennessen ... Lina / archaeologist (as Valerie Quennessen)
Barbara Rush ... Jean Featherstone
Carole Cook ... Barbara Foster
Hans van Tongeren Hans van Tongeren ... Jan Tolin
Lydia Lenosi ... Aspa
Vladimiros Kiriakidis ... Yorghos (as Vladimiros Kiriakos)
Carlos Rodríguez Ramos Carlos Rodríguez Ramos ... Cosmo
Rika Dialyna ... Monica (as Rika Dialina)
Andreas Filippides ... Andreas (as Andreas Filippidis)
Peter Pye Peter Pye ... Joe Saunders
Janis Benjamin Janis Benjamin ... Trish Saunders
Victor T. Salant Victor T. Salant ... John
Brigitte Perbandt Brigitte Perbandt ... Anna


A young American couple, Michael and Cathy who have just graduated from college, have known each other about 10 years and have been together about half that time go to of Santorini, a Greek island for the summer and are dazzled by the beauty and the uninhibited people surrounding them. Michael meets and begins an affair with Lina, a French archaeologist working on a dig. Cathy discovers this and goes to confront the other woman. Lina is quite taken with Cathy's photographic work, and the three become very close.

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Michael and Cathy came from America for one uncomplicated summer in the romantic Greek Islands...Lina, a French student enjoying the freedom of being alone...Together they find an experience far beyond their fantasies. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


The movie is notable for its Greek island locations such as Delos, Crete, Santorini and Mykonos. While mapping out the production strategy, Kleiser and the film's producer, Mike Moder, chose these four island locations and a palette of colors they wanted the locations to convey: the blue of the Aegean, the tan of sunned bodies, and the dazzling white of the island villages. See more »


Just before Michael views Lina with his binoculars there is a puff of cigarette smoke that passes him. But scenes of Michael just prior and after shows nobody around him and no cigarette in the ash tray. See more »


Lina: People are like gas.
Cathy Featherstone: I beg your pardon?
Lina: Gas expands to fit the space and so do people.
Cathy Featherstone: I think I'll expand into the kitchen and fix dinner.
Lina: When there is not enough space, there is pressure.
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Just Can't Get Enough
Written by Vince Clarke
Performed by Depeche Mode
Courtesy of Sonnet Records and Warner Bros. Records
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i thought it was lovely
17 September 2004 | by suzylux-1See all my reviews

when they dressed as cowboys and sang her that song? so cute.

daryl hannah isn't an Oscar-caliber actress. so what? did she ever claim to be? no. she is lovely, and charming and tender. and funny! i dunno, i've always liked daryl hannah. i have no issues with her not being the greatest actress. people seem to enjoy pointing this out about her, rather than pointing out her loveliness and the tenderness she conveys with such ease through the camera. there is more to movies and actresses than being a top-notch 'respected' actress like meryl streep or judi dench or something. OK rant over :)

anyway, i thought they all looked so good together that i wanna be in a menage a trois now. or at least go to Greece and be nude on a beach ;)

it could have been better, yeah. obviously lina and cathy should have had a kissing scene (or more). but hey, they were so cute together in other scenes that it sort of made up for it. the script was uneven in places and they totally rushed through lina's emotional diversion from the threesome, but all in all i really liked it. it's adventurous, sweet and romantic. they don't make movies like this anymore.

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Release Date:

16 July 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Threesome See more »

Filming Locations:

Santorini, Greece See more »


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Filmways Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | 4-Track Stereo


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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