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5.0 out of 5 stars Summer of '42 is a timeless, haunting love story........, January 5, 2004
This review is from: Summer of '42 (DVD)
It is the summer after Pearl Harbor. The world is at war, and America is sending her best, strongest and healthiest men to fight overseas. Meanwhile, those too young, old, or physically disabled to serve stay behind, as well as wives and sweethearts. Among these are Hermie, Oscy, and Benjie (Gary Grimes, Jerry Houser and Oliver Conant). Together, this "terrible trio" raids the Coast Guard station, frolics on the beach on Packett Island, and sneaks looks at "dirty pictures" from a medical book.
But even as the three friends goof around on lazy summer days, the war's effects will soon touch the more serious and sensitive 15-year-old Hermie. He finds himself falling in love with the beautiful Dorothy (Jennifer O'Neill), who is seven years older and married. He worships her from afar, enduring both his friends' merciless teasing and his own confusion about his feelings.
But when Dorothy's husband Pete goes overseas to enter the fray, Hermie befriends Dorothy, helping her with chores such as carrying her groceries to her house on the beach and placing boxes in the attic.
At the same time, the more rambunctious Oscy (and Hermie's best friend) is trying very hard to pick up girls and lose his virginity, and he makes it his mission in life to help Hermie do the same. So he copies information from a medical book that Benjie says "belongs to the house" where he spends the summer. Oscy also attempts to set up a date for the "terrible trio" at the movies, but that almost falls apart when Benjie and the third girl don't want to go. I don't want to give away what happens next, but it's pretty funny.
But the heart of the movie revolves, as many reviewers have said, around Hermie's love for Dorothy, and how he comes to manhood unexpectedly when Dorothy finds out that her husband has been killed in action. It's a beautiful, discreet and bittersweet sequence, and will leave the viewer with indelible memories of a haunting, timeless experience.
I like Summer of '42 because it is sweet and gentle, hilarious at times, and always very touching. Michel Legrand's Oscar-winning score is simple yet evocative, and Herman Raucher's screenplay was later adapted by the writer into a best selling novel. I recommend this film to young and old alike as a fine example of what a coming-of-age movie should be like.
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Initial post: Dec 26, 2008 7:26:45 AM PST
I was on the phone talking with a friend of mine when the movie Summer of 42 came up. This movie was such a part of my younger years, it brought memories of a seemling better time. The movie was done in such classic way always showing the very real human element found in all of if we would only admit to it. I felt the best part of the entire movie was its abilty to connect all the dots in the Human Emotions.

Posted on May 29, 2009 2:50:46 PM PDT
To me, as a 12 year old in '42, this is my very favorite movie. I can so relate to those boys are doing and going thru really hits home. I can see myself as one of them.In addition, the story of Dorothy is heart wrenching. If you were a teen during this period, by all means see it. You will laugh and laugh and laugh and then you till cry. Great stuff!!! Ray Hill raykath1@charter.net

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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2012 12:07:48 PM PDT
mack says:
The price for this movie is way TOO MUCH....$28.88 ..Why can I get this same movie for only $13.86 somwhere else at a much lower price!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hmmmmmmmmmm ...Something is wrong here..The seller is over pricing the customer on this 1971 movie...We are getting ripped-off.................................These two prices are quite different ...................To say the least...I will go with the lower price for $13.86.....You lost out on this one ..........

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2012 12:11:44 PM PDT
mack says:
But not at the price of $28.88..................That's not counting S&H...Add on $3.00 more ................ Total price $31.88 .. Outrageous...................................

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2012 12:13:13 PM PDT
mack says:
They need to lower the price...And more people will buy this dvd...

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