Summer of '42 Reviews
Interestingly, this movie can be seen as the career apex for several of the actors. This fact is true, even though all of them were quite young. Our heroine is Dorothy (Jennifer O Neil). Wiki says Ms. O Neil has been married 9 times to 8 different men. She also managed to shoot herself once. This is not the record of a happy, well-adjusted person. Many unusually beautiful women seem to be both helped and cursed by their beauty. The hero, Hermie (Gary Grimes) just disappeared from the acting profession. He was very good here. Two other supporting characters of note are: Oscy (Jerry Houser) and Miriam (Christopher Norris). Both, especially Mr. Houser were excellent. Both seemed to promptly fade from the acting scene.
Its summer time and I decided to revisit this movie. I am glad I did.
It was a good trip to the flics.
'Just the scene where he sees the telegram...looks at her and barely manages a very plain "soorrry"..so badly finishes off a very emotional scene.
This , however is outdone by the truly painful scene of him purchasing the condoms....so stilted, predictable and about 5 minutes too long...
I dont know if I should blame the director or Grimes...
I do know that the only reason it hit $20M was probably because we all wanted a to see the "the scene" when Dorothy and Hermie get together....but even that..though not botched..was plain vanilla.
Starring Jennifer O'Neil who would later appear in LUCIO FULCI'S Seven Notes in Black (aka THE PSYCHIC) and David Cronenberg's SCANNERS . . .
Summer of '42 is the movie that Wendy and Danny Torrence were watching in Stanley Kubrick's THE SHINING.
I just remember it being a very good film: The lady's husband dies overseas and Hermie Comes of Age . . .I guess Coming of age means turning into an adult where you selflessly comfort another person . . . something like that at least.
The world is very different now . . . now we get movies about some kid losing his virginity and other kids videotaping the experience and uploading it to Youtube . . .
so what: is the the world become insensitive or something?
I saw this on PRISM Cable-TV probably before SCANNERS was released in theaters.
It's wartime and a lot of the men are away at war leaving their wives at home. Dorothy (Jennifer O'Neill) is one of these so called war brides and the object of Hermie's affection. Like I said before Hermie is the sensitive boy, very well played by Gary Grimes. He's 15, loves to read, and dreams of being a writer one day. It is actually the grown up Hermie that narrates the story. The film is based on a novel by Herman Raucher so this may be a true story but the book says fiction. Hermie starts kind of following Dorothy around, helping her with some odd jobs around the house, and actually they become somewhat good friends. But Oscy, who supposedly knows all, is right behind Hermie telling him what he's doing wrong and right.
Now the film has some very funny scenes as well. There's a hilarious scene where Hermie goes into a drug store to buy condoms and when the clerk asks him how many he needs he replies "Oh about 3 dozen." Another really funny scene has Hermie and Oscy double dating and Hermie thinks he's hit the goldmine by "copping a feel" but in reality has squeezed the poor girls arm off for over an hour leaving her arm bruised. The film has a very sad ending so if you cry at movies get the kleenex ready.
I saw this movie when I was around 10 back in the day when we rented vhs tapes and hadn't seen this film in years until I found it in the 5 buck dvd section at Wal-Mart a couple of months ago. I've never seen this film on tv, never seen it on Turner Classics or any movie channel and was beginning to think I was never going to see it again and no had heard of it. So it may take some searching to find this movie but its really worth looking for and seeing. I've watched it with friend because I won't let anyone borrow it because I'm afraid I'll never find it unless I pay 20 bucks for it at Amazon, which if I had to I would. Should have bought 2 copies. The movie won an Oscar for Best Original Score and was nominated for Best Screenplay Adaptation. It was released by Warner Brothers and Rated R, though it would probably get a PG-13 rating now.
**TRIVIA ALERT - For all you fans of "The Shining," Stanley Kubrick was said to be a big fan of this film. This is the movie Wendy and Danny are watching at The Overlook.**