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Indian Summer (1993)

Indian Summer (1993)

Indian Summer



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Mike Binder wrote and directed this reunion story in The Big Chill vein about of group of ex-campers, now in their twenties, who return to their old summer camp to get together again. Alan Arkin plays Uncle Lou, the old camp counselor and resident sage at Canadian summer camp Tamakwa. Leading a group of contemporary youngsters wearing Walkmans on their heads to glory in the beauty of a majestic moose in the Canadian Northwoods, he realizes that the children of today are not the way children were in ancient times before 1993, so he decides to close up shop and shut down Camp Tamkwa for good. But before he does he invites a group of campers from the camp's golden age -- men and women now in their twenties -- an assortment of veteran campers who return to reflect on the past and sort out their troubles. The campers include Beth (Diane Lane), a woman who is adjusting to her husband's accidental death; Jennifer (Elizabeth Perkins), a single woman looking forward to renewing her relationship with fellow camper Matthew (Vincent Spano); Kelly (Julie Warner), Matthew's wife, feeling insecure because she knows Matthew is unhappy in the marriage; and Jamie (Matt Craven), a swinging bachelor with an eye for younger women. Rounding out the pack is Jack (Bill Paxton), who as a boy was kicked out of the camp for a mysterious reason. When he shows up at the camp, the rest of the campers are stunned.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mike Binder
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 3, 2002
Buena Vista


Alan Arkin
as Unca Lou
Matt Craven
as Jamie Ross
Bill Paxton
as Belston
Sam Raimi
as Stick Coder
Robert Feldmann
as Man in Canoe
Cliff Woolner
as Ranger Thaddeus Clay
Emily Creed
as Young Jennifer
Brad Deutch
as Young Jamie
Jesse Felsot
as Adam Randall
Gabriel Gunsberg
as Young Rick
Brian La Pointe
as Young Matthew
Jeremy Linson
as Young Brad
Heidi Marshall
as Young Kelly
Noah Plener
as Young Jack
Rebecca Rumsey
as Young Beth
Ashley Williams
as Ida Heinken
Julie Warner
as Kelly Berman
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Critic Reviews for Indian Summer

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5)

Mike Binder places his well-acted comedy in the familiar turf of other "reunion" films (Return of Secaucus Seven, Big Chill), adding one element to the genre: Instead of indoor weekend, the regrouping is set in a beloved camp of the 1972 summer

Full Review… | December 18, 2006
Top Critic

If you like to go to weddings of humdrum people you don't know, you won't want to miss Indian Summer.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A mish-mash of mediocre formulas.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Just too pat, too predictable and too generic.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

This is a story more interested in tone and mood than in big plot points.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A truly enjoyable movie, with a truly wonderful ensemble

March 10, 2005

Audience Reviews for Indian Summer


Nice feel good flick even though the ending is pretty much bs

Spencer Macklin
Spencer Macklin

Super Reviewer

This movie brings back memories of camp! Anyone who hasn't been to camp can never completely appreciate this movie. It's all about the bonds you make that last a lifetime, the memories you can't forget, the growing that takes place there, and how you mark your life by the summers at camp. The seven friends want to save this camp because it was a huge part of their childhood. The characters are real: a couple struggling with martial problems, a woman whose husband died, a man dealing with regret. There are so many storylines going on at once but it adds depth and life to the movie.

Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer

The Big Chill goes to summer camp in this thoroughly enjoyable trip down memory lane. A group of 30somethings return to their childhood summer camp, only to find that it is about to be closed down. For the next week, they rekindle old romances, remember the lazy days of summer, and try to make amends for past mistakes. The movie features a solid ensemble cast that includes Alan Arkin, Bill Paxton, Diane Lane, Kevin Pollack, and my ultimate Hollywood crush, Kimberly Williams. Look for Spider-Man director Sam Raimi in a small part as the camps maintenance man. Beautiful cinematography makes you wish you had gone to this very camp. It's funny, sentimental, dramatic, and touching. Definately a feel good movie, and a nice one to watch on a lazy day, or when the weather is bad outside. One note to anyone looking to buy the DVD (if you can still find it), the packaging says it is a full screen presentation...not true. The movie is presented in the widescreen format, so you miss nothing!

RJ MacReady

Super Reviewer

Indian Summer Quotes

Brad Berman: The shrek king prevails.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Uncle Lou: I don't get the kids today... with the boom boxes and the headphones.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Jennifer Morton: I want to be a kid again. I was good at being a kid.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Uncle Lou: Everybody's got their own interests. That's the beauty of camp.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)

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