Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973) - Rotten Tomatoes

Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973)

Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973)

Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams





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American GI Harry Walden (Martin Balsam) emerged from a harrowing experience in WWII to find himself living an outwardly-happy but inwardly-empty and tedious existence in the post-war U.S. He is an eye doctor, successful in his work, but unfulfilled spiritually and emotionally. He and his wife Rita (Joanne Woodward) have a boring existence, with their biggest issue being what kind of wallpaper to choose when they redecorate their apartment. They are dysfunctional, materialistic, and utterly lost. Rita is neurotic and unhappy, especially after her mother (Sylvia Sidney) dies. They decide to visit France and go to the battlefield where Harry once spent a night in the company of three dead German soldiers. The trip is intended to reawaken their deadened humanity. Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams is a challenging, slow and thoughtful depiction of the corroding effects of a materialistic lifestyle.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Classics, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Stewart Stern
In Theaters:
Columbia Pictures


Joanne Woodward
as Rita Walden
Martin Balsam
as Harry Walden
Sylvia Sidney
as Mrs. Pritchett
Teresa Hughes
as Betty Goody
Win Forman
as Fred Goody
Tresa Hughes
as Betty Goody
Win Foreman
as Fred Goody
Ron Rickards
as Bobby Walden
Minerva Pious
as Mrs. Bimberg
Helen Ludlam
as Grandmother
Grant Code
as Grandfather
Sol Frieder
as Mr. Goldblatt
Gaetano Lisi
as Student in Theater
Nancy Andrews
as Mrs. Pat Hungerford
Lee Jackson
as Carl Hurlbutt
David Thomas
as Chauffeur
Ron Richards
as Bobby Walden
Dennis Wayne
as Dancer in Dream
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Critic Reviews for Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The midlife crisis of a bourgeois housewife is the center of this domestic melodrama, which flaunts the Oscar-nominated turns of Joanne Woodward in the lead and Sylvia Sidney as her tyrannical mother, whose death precipitates major family crises.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008

Presents the midlife crisis of a New York housewife whose two children have grown up and left home.

Full Review… | September 1, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams


The midlife crisis at the middle of a couples' existence is aided through the stellar turn of Joanne Woodward but the slow pace to the film traps the viewer in amber from which they never achieve gratification.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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