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A Summer Place

Richard Egan , Dorothy Mcguire , Delmer Daves    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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Summer Place, A (DVD)


Think A Summer Place, and you'll probably be humming Max Steiner's wonderfully romantic instrumental theme song, a hand-holding hit in 1959. The movie itself is similarly irresistible, a colorful soap opera about the passions of a pair of dewy-eyed teens and their straying parents. At an island resort in Maine, Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue (the reigning teen idols of the day) fall hard for each other. What they don't know is that her father (Richard Egan) and his mother (Dorothy McGuire), lovers 20 years earlier, have rekindled their affair. Both, inconveniently, have spouses, which is what makes this a soap opera. Lovers of camp will find much to savor in the incredible '50s attitudes, and in the innocence of supervirgin Dee ("Johnny, have you been bad with girls?"). Yet the sincerity of writer-director Delmer Daves, cowriter of An Affair to Remember, comes shining through the corn; and the grown-up affair anticipates The Bridges of Madison County by 30 years. --Robert Horton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Love as it Will Never be Again Dec 14 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Forget the dated dialogue and social mores, the real story is about love and its triumph for a generation who believed in it and all it's impossibilities. Enjoy this beautiful old romance in its sweeping seaside settings and poignant dialogue. The latter often at the cost of being sacharine. But no, the splendid, simple story is there. And it is timeless. Love conquers all. Dorothy McGuire, in her usual restrained performance,generally says it all. Just listen to the delivery of "You have an infinite capacity for hate" to the evil mother on the prowl for dirt and McGuire's self derogatory "I'm sorry I'm not pretty anymore", while all the time peering from the most beautiful face and eyes one has ever to see. The story is simple, the scenery is breathtaking in audacious color and the musical score, and the musical score and the musical score had a generation humming and trotting to the beach.There has been nothing like it since. Watch it and be innocent and full of life again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where is the DVD July 17 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is definitely one of the best teen movies ever made. Every time I hear the beautiful theme song it takes me back to my own innocent youth. I sincerely hope that Amazon will be offering the movie again, in the DVD format.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Teen-Romance with Classic "Theme" Music Sept. 17 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This film makes for wonderful Sunday afternoon viewing, filled with romance and a bit sentimaental fluff. The story centers around the "coming of age" of two "kids", who eventually learn of their parents "sordid" past. It turns out that each set of parents had spent their best years in a loveless marriage of convenience, while the girl's father and the boy's mother had been "sweethearts" before they each married the "wrong" spouse. Complete with the obvious "troubles", the lovebirds (all of them!), go off into the sunset of happiness.
The famous "Theme from A Summer Place", written by Hollywood veteran composer Max Steiner, magically envelops the bitter sweet story. Considered "smutt" by some prude reviewers of the day (1960 America was much more goody-goody than it is today), A Summer Place nontheless enchanted generations of romantic movie goers, and now VHS tape owners. This film is a winner in my book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This super teen movie from 1959 is still a great date movie today. Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue play innocent teens whose parents are having an affair. The kids fall in love, spend some time at the beach, and everything is great...until Sandra gets some bad news from the doctor....
Dee and Donahue were the perfect teenage couple then, and they are still adorable. This film was considered quite racy when it was released; it's more PG today, but still dramatic, intense, and thought-provoking. The stars are such a pleasure to watch; they were so young and beautiful. And could anyone ever forget that gorgeous theme music? It IS the music of young love. This is still a great movie to watch with someone you love...or a bowl of popcorn!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Movie Classic! May 4 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This was most definitely one of the best feel good movies I have ever seen.Two teen agers fall deeply in love over the summer. Unknowing to the kids their mother and daddy were old flames from the past. The mother and daddy leave their mates and marry.This was definitely one of Richard Egan's all time great movies. The young lady(Egan's daughter)comes up pregnant. She and Troy Donahue (his mother is Egan's new wife) marry in the end. This is without question one of the most romantic movies you will ever see. You finish this movie feeling good. I wish they would play it more on the late show. If you have never seen this movie buy the video,you will always be glad you did. A must see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great theme music June 3 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I have yet to watch the movie, but here is my encounter with its theme music more than **20** years ago, in China!
I first heard the music from my university radio station in the early 1980's. I was attracted to it immediately --- the music (no words) was so beautiful and so touching to the young minds. And the good thing is that the station broadcasted it once every day for a long period of time, as the signing off music. That was very appropriate because the ending of the music is vey gentle, fading gradually, like a wind drifting, drifting, until it disappears in the horizon.
At that time, I didn't know who wrote the music, or which country it came from, I even didn't know its title! And the strange thing is that, after I graduated, never once had I ever heard the music again!
Recently I found I have to try hard to recall the melody. So I took my rescue effort: I sang pieces of the music to a librarian in my local public library, who kindly helped me find the music. Only then did I know that the song is calld "A Summer Place"! and it's a love song!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Transcends June 30 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Cynics would hardly expect much from a movie featuring such fan mag confections as Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue, whose blonde coiffures graced many a Photoplay cover of the day. (Then, there is the friend who cautioned never to trust a film in which the boy is prettier than the girl.) That being said, the film holds up surprisingly well as a super slick piece of 50's soap opera, in which the usually vapid Donahue and the baby-faced Dee remain rather affecting as lovers despite the handicaps. Thankfully, Donahue is called upon to do little more than look earnestly concerned, while Dee pouts and emotes in wide-eyed, photogenic fashion that brought out many an audience handkerchief. Credit should go to producer-writer-director Delmer Daves for almost transcending the material with an earnest plea to humanize love and sex away from the dead hand of our Puritan forebearers. In the uptight 50's, that was no small risk and could even be construed as a commitment to free love and communism. As writer, Daves may not have thought in subversive terms, but his plea was enthusiastically received by teens of the day, who flocked to the film in droves. As producer, Daves had the good sense to bolster his youthful celebrities with a first-rate supporting cast, including the always commanding Constance Ford as the Puritan witch, along with the ever versatile Arthur Kennedy, at his sardonic and smirking best. Also holding up over time--photographer Harry Stradling's glossy transformation of coastal life into a series of blissfully romanticized frames that contribute greatly to the movie's travel brochure atmosphere. Unfortunately, Daves remains an under-rated filmmaker from that era, while A Summer Place proves he could handle the treacly fare just as effectively as the more cowboy kind he was used to. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars This would remain an all-time favorite for those who like true to life...
This would remain an all-time favorite for those who like true to life dramas. Happy to have it in my collection
Published 10 days ago by Austin
4.0 out of 5 stars great story for its time
Sandra Dee, Troy Donahue, great story for its time.
Published 3 months ago by Robin M. Hills
5.0 out of 5 stars love is powerful
Typicl movie of those years with all the possible sins and all the rest. But at the end love wins.
Published 12 months ago by estelle cazelais
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of it's time.
Saw this years ago, and wanted to revisit. It was as good as I remembered. Very open family discussions for the era.
Published 21 months ago by Rotonto
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
This is one of my all time best movies. It was the first adult movie
I ever saw. It's true to life, and the acting is great. I could never
get sick of watching it!
Published 23 months ago by debbielg
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I thought it would be!
I was so very disappointed! I want to build up my "library" with good DVDS, and based on the glowing reviews and the fact that the adorable Sandra Dee is in this movie I bought... Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2012 by Frances Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars A summer place
I bought this for my children (in their 30s to watch as there are scenes of one of Frank Lloyd Wright's houses and two of my children are designers).... Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2012 by CaroleLynne
4.0 out of 5 stars A Summer Place dvd
I enjoyed it as much as I did when I was a teenager.. an old fashioned simple movie with great music
Published on Oct. 5 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked it!
I love the widescreen treatment it well deserved. The sound quality is pretty good. I am a big fan of Sandra Dee so I had to buy this movie! Great perfomances. Read more
Published on July 15 2007 by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Still one of the best!!
One of my favorites. Troy Donahue was the hunk we all loved and still is(at least in this movie). It never ages, just gets better every time I watch it.
One to own!!!
Published on March 19 2006
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