Summertime (1955)



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Katherine Hepburn's winsome performance and David Lean's elegant direction make Summertime one of the most entertaining love stories ever. A vivacious Ohio secretary vacations in Venice, where she has a bittersweet romance with a handsome Italian man. The location shooting around Piazza San Marco and along the canals is stunning.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama , Romance , Classics , Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Arthur Laurents , Max Weissberg , H.E. Bates , David Lean
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 9, 1998
United Artists


as Jane Hudson

as Renato Di Rossi

as Eddie Yaeger

as Signora Fiorini

as Phyl Jaeger

as Mrs. McIlhenny

as Mr. McIlhenny

as Englishman
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Critic Reviews for Summertime

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

The film stacks up as promising entertainment -- with some reservations.

Full Review… | November 6, 2007
Top Critic

[Features] lovely performance from Hepburn at its centre.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The challenge thus set of making Venice the moving force in propelling the play has been met by Mr. Lean as the director with magnificent feeling and skill.

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

Recommended, with hesitations.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's beautiful to look at, the acting is superb and it has its poignant moments.

Full Review… | June 11, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It turned Lean from a subtle, very English director into an international film-maker working in broad strokes.

Full Review… | November 6, 2007
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for Summertime

Katharine Hepburn's trip abroad is far more eye opening and fulfilling to watch than any eating, drinking and praying that Julia Roberts does in later years. Her sense of romance rekindled in Venice is a joy to watch.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

On the surface this is a romance with old maid Katharine Hepburn falling in love in Venice with a few twists and turns, however, under the superb direction of David Lean, the city of Venice actually becomes a character in the film. The exquisite cinematography makes you feel as if you have actually visited the city. A wonderful film going experience. A big screen delight.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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