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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 (38 customer reviews)
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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

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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4.0 out of 5 stars great story for its time July 5 2014
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Sandra Dee, Troy Donahue, great story for its time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love is powerful Oct. 3 2013
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Typicl movie of those years with all the possible sins and all the rest. But at the end love wins.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of it's time. Jan. 3 2013
By Rotonto
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Saw this years ago, and wanted to revisit. It was as good as I remembered. Very open family discussions for the era.
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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 20 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great theme music
I have yet to watch the movie, but here is my encounter with its theme music more than **20** years ago, in China! Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by VORTEX
5.0 out of 5 stars WHERE IS THE DVD!!???
This needs to be on DVD. I have worn out my VHS copy!!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE release this on DVD!!!
Published on May 28 2004 by Shorty
5.0 out of 5 stars Where is the DVD ???
This is a classic! We need it on DVD. I saw this movie when I was 16 and never forgot it.
Published on March 1 2004
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