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Last Summer (1969)

Last Summer (1969)




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A pretty teenage girl comes to the rescue of a dying seagull in Last Summer. Sandy (Barbara Hershey) enlists the help of Peter (Richard Thomas) and Dan (Bruce Davison) to help the bird and remove a fishhook from the gull's throat. The three become friends and they smoke marijuana and swim, discussing their problems about parents and life. Rhoda (Cathy Burns) is the level headed plain looking girl who admonishes the trio for trying to make the injured bird fly. Peter and Dan talk about having sex with Sandy, who engages the shy Rhonda in a game of "truth or dare" as the sassy Sandy removes her bikini top. The three hold Rhonda down while she is brutally raped. Ralph Waite plays Peter's father, and the two would again play father and son in the 1970s television series "The Waltons." Last Summer was rated X at the time of it's initial release, but quickly became rated R in the wake of the sexual and cultural revolution sparked in the 1960s.
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Peter Turgeon
as Mr. Caudell
Lou Gary
as Town Hood
Andrew Krance
as Town Hood
Wayne Mayer
as Town Hood
Ralph Waite
as Peter's Father
Conrad Bain
as Dan's Father
Eileen Letchworth
as Dan's Mother
Maeve McGuire
as Younger Woman
Glen Walker
as Boy at Dance
Lydia Wilen
as Waitress
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Critic Reviews for Last Summer

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

Like their subjects, they too frequently mistake postures for performances and smartness for wisdom.

Full Review… | October 30, 2007
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

One of those winsome, nostalgic beach movies.

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

The best thing about the movie, however, are the performances that Perry has gotten from his new players, who manage to seem variously awkward and strident, dense and dumb, and sometimes very innocent, without ever being self-conscious about it.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

There are good movies about other people's lives, but rarely a movie that recalls, if only for a scene or two, the sense and flavor of life the way you remember it.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A brutal film, as well as an insightful one.

Full Review… | October 30, 2007
TV Guide

as disturbing as it is intriguing

Full Review… | February 27, 2001
Q Network Film Desk

Audience Reviews for Last Summer

Absolutely brutal. A more similar message to Easy Rider than say, Y Tu Mama Tambien, but with even more of a shock value if you can imagine it. Great musings on of the loss of innocence,that half-baked teen wisdom- desire, hate and peer pressure all thrown in together- and the pitfalls of the 60s sexual revolution.

Jenna Ipcar
Jenna Ipcar

***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Last Summer is a strangely fascinating coming of age film from the late 60s. Barbara Hershey, Richard Thomas, and Bruce Davison try to act (with a few moments of success) while Cathy Burns steals the show. The cheesy voice-overs, lousy acting and lack of a plot for the first forty minutes or so had me ready to give up on Last Summer however once Cathy Burns steps on the set the movie became bearable. While Last Summer isn't anything to write home about it does ask some interesting questions and gives the viewers a lot to ponder, with the last scene a haunting portrayal of mankind at their lowest.

Jonathan Porras
Jonathan Porras

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