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Summertree

1971

R CC

Summertree, which Michael starred in, was produced by his father Kirk Douglas, examines the Vietnam War and its consequences on the soldiers drafted to fight and the families they leave behind.

Starring:
Michael Douglas, Jack Warden
Runtime:
1 hour, 29 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Anthony Newley
Starring Michael Douglas, Jack Warden
Supporting actors Brenda Vaccaro, Barbara Bel Geddes, Kirk Calloway, Bill Vint, Jeff Siggins, Rob Reiner, William Smith, Garry Goodrow, Dennis Fimple, June Fairchild, Richard Stahl, Teri Garr
Studio Columbia Pictures
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By William Timothy Lukeman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 25, 2012
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Ignore the Martini Movies label that encourages you to take this film as laughable camp. It's a strong, moving story that both illuminates its particular point in history (1971) & has a lot to say about more timeless themes as well. Based upon a play, it does a better job than most of truly capturing the tone & uncertainties of the end of the 1960s, especially the pall that the draft lottery cast over every young man back then. Yet in its exploration of first love, the need to find one's self, the fears & urgency of transitioning to adulthood, it's also quite relevant to this day.

First of all, the cast is excellent. Hard to believe that Michael Douglas could be that boyish! But he finds just the right balance between gnawing doubt & overconfidence in his portrayal of Jerry, a college student & gifted musician struggling to decide what he wants from life. When he meets Vanetta (a warm & wonderful Brenda Vacarro), he experiences his first adult relationship with a woman, both its joys & complications. What strikes me about these scenes is just how open, vulnerable, and passionate Jerry is with Vanetta -- no games, no hipster poses, no cynicism. The sexuality & nudity here are definitely depicted as positive, life-affirming things, a wonderful mystery to be unfolded between two people discovering the depths of their own yearnings.

Jerry is given more dimension in his role as Big Brother to Marvis, a smart mouthed boy concealing his fears beneath a shield of attitude. This relationship is handled well -- Jerry is anything but the noble, paternal white man helping a black child, the self-absorbed do-gooder without real feeling -- he genuinely wants to help Marvis if he can, but he knows that he's stumbling every step of the way.
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By Scott Houston on September 21, 2012
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Anybody know where this was filmed ? I can`t find any location info on it. I notice the gas station is an Enco. This is what some Esso stations were called in certain states before they all became Exxon in `72 or so. In the game arcade I see some familiar attractions like the baseball game, the submarine game, and the helicopter game. I can remember playing all three of these on the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach, DE in the early `70`s. Really brought back some summer memories. Another early Michael Douglas film you might want to take a peek at is called "Adam At 6 AM". That one I know was filmed in Missouri and is also sort of an early `70`s time capsule.
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I remembered seeing this movie on TV when I was a kid and it had a profound impact on me. I googled and searched for several years but could not find it anywhere and finally it was released on DVD so I bought it.

It is a classic story of the generation gap set in the background of the Vietnam War. Since I grew up during that time and saw friends and relatives get drafted, it was especially poignant to me. I also remember having similar arguments with my parents over the dinner table about the efficacy of such a bloody devastating war.

It was different back then -- reports from the battlefield were on TV every night with video of the victims. It was not pretty and it is something that will always stay in my memory.

Whether or not you are a child of the 60s or the new millennium, this is a great movie to watch. From a historical perspective it shows the effects a foreign war had on families and individuals in our country.

You also won't want to miss seeing a very young very cute Michael Douglas.

I highly recommend this movie.
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Set against the back-drop of the Vietnam War , this film about relationships is of interest mainly because of the actors involved : a 27-year old Michael Douglas , in his third film ; the late Barbara Bel Geddes ( " Miss Ellie " in " Dallas " ), playing his mother ; and the excellent Brenda Vaccaro in one of her early film roles. Well-worth seeking out , but beware ! - it appears to be available only in Region 1 format ( U.S.A. and Canada ) , which may not play on your DVD machine.
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