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 … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Classics, Special Interest
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Written By: Stewart Stern
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as Rita Walden

as Harry Walden

as Mrs. Pritchett

as Betty Goody

as Fred Goody

as Betty Goody

as Fred Goody

as Bobby Walden

as Mrs. Bimberg

as Grandmother

as Grandfather

as Mr. Goldblatt

as Chauffeur

as Student in Theater

as Mrs. Pat Hungerford

as Carl Hurlbutt

as Chauffeur

as Bobby Walden

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
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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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