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Summer's End (1999)

A 12-year-old boy and his older brother have just lost their dad. At their summer cottage, the younger boy befriends a black doctor who has to deal with local prejudice and racism.

Director:

Helen Shaver

Writers:

Grant Scharbo (screenplay), Jim Thompson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Earl Jones ... Dr. William 'Bill' Blakely
Jake LeDoux Jake LeDoux ... Jamie Baldwin
Brendan Fletcher ... Hunter Baldwin
Wendy Crewson ... Virginia Baldwin
Jonathan Kroeker Jonathan Kroeker ... Lad Trapnell
Andrew Sardella Andrew Sardella ... Alex Rifkin
Al Waxman ... Grandpa Trapnell
Randy Hughson Randy Hughson ... Rainey
R.D. Reid R.D. Reid ... Henry Whitley
Sarah Francis Sarah Francis ... Erinn
Patrick McManus Patrick McManus ... Inspector
Lindsay Murrell ... Girl
Susan Cooke Susan Cooke ... Girl
Omar McIntosh Omar McIntosh ... Young Billy Blakely
Melanie Nicholls-King ... Mrs. Blakely (as Melanie Nichols King)
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A 12-year-old boy and his older brother have just lost their dad. At their summer cottage, the younger boy befriends a black doctor who has to deal with local prejudice and racism.

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boy | racism | summer | prejudice | doctor | See All (30) »

Genres:

Drama | Family

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Walk on Water See more »

Filming Locations:

Sparrow Lake, Ontario, Canada

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Sugar coated racism
11 April 2010 | by housefullSee all my reviews

The initial premise of the film is a little questionable. A single black doctor electing to settle in an all white neighborhood in Georgia is taking things a bit too far. But leaving that aside the acting of James Earl Ray, Brendan Fletcher, Wendy Crewson and Jake LeDoux as the little boy are worth mentioning. The story progresses in the only way it can, with all the requisite clichés that one expects to see in this genre of movie. It is beautifully shot in cozy summer colors designed to bring a warm flutter to mainly female hearts. But the fact remains that this film is just a confection wrapped up in sentimental syrup to make bigotry acceptable to the US viewer. This movie is 11 years old. America now has a black President, but Americans have still not learned anything yet. Time alone will tell whether they ever will. They like to discuss their racism in these beautiful sugar-coated easy-to-digest nuggets. This film left me cold, but after all it's made for TV... American TV. What more can you expect?


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