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Indian Summer [Blu-ray] (1985)

Matt Craven , Diane Lane , Mike Binder  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matt Craven, Diane Lane, Bill Paxton, Elizabeth Perkins, Kevin Pollak
  • Directors: Mike Binder
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0054WPX0Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,414 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Settle back for a delightful INDIAN SUMMER -- the heartwarming comedy about eight friends who reunite at their summer camp after 20 years! Starring an impressive ensemble cast including Elizabeth Perkins (CATS AND DOGS, 28 DAYS) and Alan Arkin (AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS, GROSSE POINTE BLANK), no sooner do the visitors arrive than they return to the best summer of their lives -- practical jokes, midnight kitchen raids, boat races, campfire stories and secret romances pick up right where they left off! And with so much hilarity and excitement, the fun never stops. Pack your gear, this week at camp is sure to be a hilarious, feel-good treat for everyone.

  • Uncut, HD film transfer delivers a stunning presentation in theatrical aspect ratio
  • First time released on Blu-Ray
  • Delightful ensemble comedy in tradition of The Big Chill, St. Elmo s Fire and Four Weddings and a Funeral

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Big Chill meets Meatballs in funny, touching film September 19, 2002
Format:DVD
"Indian Summer" is a wonderful film saluting "the Golden Era" of Camp Tamakwa (a real camp in the Canadian/New York wilderness), but it's also about reconnecting with youth, friends, love and nature. Uncle Lou (Alan Arkin), Camp Tamakwa's camp supervisor for many years, invites campers from "the Golden Era" (the early to mid 1970s) as a reunion of sorts, and a group of friends and ex-campers make the trek back to the woods and their youth. Matt (Vincent Spano) and Kelly (Julie Warner) are on vacation to "work on their marriage;" Matt's having a mid-life crisis, and Kelly just wants to know where she stands. Jennifer (Elizabeth Perkins) is Matt's ex-camp-girlfriend and Kelly's best friend, swept away by the nostalgia of camp. Brad (Kevin Pollack) is Matt's cousin, business partner, King of the Shreks (camp pranks), and a constant commentator of how small everything's gotten. Beth (Diane Lane) is a ex-camp tomboy, whose husband Rick recently died. Jack (Bill Paxton), Rick's best friend, was expelled from camp by Uncle Lou long ago, but still rated an invitation. Jamie (Matt Craven) never really grew up, and brought his young fiance Gwen (Kimberley Williams) up for a week of fun & games. Helping Uncle Lou out is the camp maintenence man, Stick (Sam Raimi, taking a hilarious step from behind the camera). Through the week, these friends reconnect, relive camp memories (first kiss), pulling camp gags (short-sheeting, hand-in-warm-water, etc.), participating in camp activities (the Tamakwa-thon), and working out their various problems. Over these precedings looms the prospect of Uncle Lou closing the camp for good. Everyone does an admirable job; you can actually feel their joy and pain. Read more ›
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic ensemble picture April 22, 2004
Format:DVD
"Indian Summer" isn't the sort of film I normally watch. A light comedy about the innocence of childhood contrasted with the problems of adulthood, the film engages in deep sentimentality on a regular basis. I am rarely suckered in by sappy, syrupy movies. "Indian Summer" is different; I first saw the film on cable back in the early 1990s and quickly learned to like its ensemble cast, wonderful scenery, and funny moments. Since I usually watch horror films, the irony of viewing a movie set at a summer camp where no one expires at the hands of a machete wielding madman still makes me chuckle. When I stumbled over a DVD version of "Indian Summer" recently, I knew I had to revisit the movie. I suspected I wouldn't enjoy it as much as I did ten years ago. I was wrong. The movie resonates even more deeply because I am ten years older than when I first saw it. I never went to summer camp as a child, except for a weekend stay as part of a sixth grade project, but I can completely identify with many of the movie's themes nonetheless. I think most of us tend to idealize memories of our childhood even if the recollections aren't as poignant as we would like to think. "Indian Summer" captures perfectly this tendency and throws it back at you with a few laughs.
The owner of Camp Tamakwa, "Uncle" Lou Handler (Alan Arkin), has finally decided to sell his summer camp and retire. He feels that the kids today don't identify with him like they once did, so he wants to move on. Before he sells, though, he decides to hold a reunion at the camp and invite as many of his former guests as he can.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars recommended September 20, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
It's apparently very difficult to make a film that is sweet and sentimental without also being mawkish, manipulative, corny, insulting, witless or juvenile (or one of dozens of other entertainment maladies). It makes one very partial to films, such as this one, that manage to succeed. Perhaps it is really an older person's film - for those who have seen the treasures of their youth destroyed by decay or progress or just changing fashions. Alan Arkin takes an indirect path to save the summer camp his family has run for decades. It doesn't sound like much, but the film is well written, extremely well cast, and manages in the end to be very touching, without the aforementioned ailments. Given that the Blu-ray disk costs no more than going to the theater (and a lot less if you pour your own soda), it is a real bargain. Highly recommended.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A walk down Memory Lane October 23, 2011
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After being a kid 15 or so years ago and being a huge fan of films of all types, this was one of the movies I always talked about and never set out to buy. I mean I won't spend 20 bucks on the DVD, but if the Blu Ray is 10 bucks and easily accessible, why not. If it sucks I lose 10 bucks, so what, if not I could do some serious walking down memory lane and remembering how I watched an "old people movie" and laughed a lot when I was younger.

So after learning that it was getting released I was pretty excited and wondered if I would laugh at the same parts or think that the movie was cheesy stupid crap and gave it to someone as a gift. I shouldn't have doubted myself. This movie was every bit as amazing as it was when I watched it so many years ago. I laughed at all the same parts and understood more clearly some of the parts that I didn't get or didn't care for when I was younger. Not to mention the cast is great, Bill Paxton as the rebel camper, Alan Arkin as the lovable former camp head "Uncle Lou" is just charming. Let me not forget Kevin Pollack among others (horror master director Sam Raimi plays a huge part..sort of) that are part of this cast of characters find themselves returning to camp long after each of them have established themselves as adults and left camp Tamakwa a part of the past.

No sooner than they dock their canoes does old drama stir up, old flames re-kindled, and thankfully to one camper bringing along his new girlfriend, does new life breathe into some old cabins deep in the canadian woods.

This movie is great for when you need a good movie that is just heartwarming, funny, touching. This is a great escape from all the crap mostly that is out there now, bad acting, shotty directing, sub par cinematography, mediocre scripts.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
fun
Published 9 days ago by Alan R. Skuba
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies that not too many people know about
One of my favorite movies that not too many people know about. I've watched it multiple times and it never gets old. Highly recommend!
Published 10 days ago by Katrina
5.0 out of 5 stars Recapture the Magic of Summer Camp
There is a soft spot in my heart for summer camp, and this movie penetrates right to the center, and awakens the sense of nostalgia. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Mauisurf71
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a good feel-good movie - if you were went to camp
Just a good feel-good movie - if you were went to camp, this will remind you and make you want to relive just a part of that experience again!
Published 14 days ago by SmudgyToes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 16 days ago by Thomas Shannon
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of movie, "Indian Summer"
This movie is really a good watch!! It is funny and reminds us of summer camp. Scenery is beautiful and the acting is wonderful. Just a nice, homey movie for a night in.
Published 20 days ago by Janett Calland
4.0 out of 5 stars Indian Summer is a wonderful film that I wish I could give *4 & 1/2*...
Indian Summer is a great film and a good honest feel good Movie. I wish I had the option to
give this film *4 & 1/2* stars, but alas Amazon does not give me that option. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Robert Pylant
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie - but no captions or subtitles for the hearing-impaired.
I love this movie - it's great. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is because the disc is not captioned or subtitled. Read more
Published 28 days ago by MagnoliaMama23
4.0 out of 5 stars Great feel good movie!
always a place for a movie that leaves you with a GOOD feeling afterwards. A must see movie for anyone.
Published 1 month ago by Cathy Corbitt
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst garbage ever
Sentimental, unattractive, debased, inane, contrived, pointless, exploitive, charmless, non-sentient. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tunbridge Wells
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