Five Days One Summer

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Based on a story by Kay Boyle, a trip to the Swiss Alps proves to be very revealing for a Scottish doctor (Sean Connery), his young female companion, and the man hired to guide them on the Alpine excursion.


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Critic Reviews for Five Days One Summer

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  • An attempt at an intimate personal drama that just doesn't come off.

    Nov 1, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • A film which creates drama more out of gesture and nuance than dialogue, and employs a lush setting which overwhelms instead of pointing up the characters' emotions.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • This isn't a movie anyone would mind, but it isn't one anyone would feel terribly touched by, either.

    Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • Everything that appears onscreen fails to elicit emotion, and the ending is gratuitous. [Full Review in Spanish]

    Aug 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Too bad that the Oscar-winning Fred Zinnemann (From Here to Eternity) ended his career with such a disappointing period romance, one that even Sean Connery (in his post-Bond era) can't help.

    Jan 7, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Fred Zinnemann waited 40 years to make this surprisingly lifeless film, a major disappointment from the acclaimed director.

    Nov 1, 2007 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Five Days One Summer

  • Apr 13, 2008
    Many people could accuse Fred Zinnemann's swansong as slow and dated, but I would defend this film as a stylish drama that arouses a huge variety of concealed emotions, especially for anyone who appreciates cinema as the art where images speak for themselves. indeed, Zinnemann made a touching and overlooked gem, with beautiful cinematography and superb performances.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer

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