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Uptight single woman Alma Winemiller (Geraldine Page) carries a torch for the boy next door, who has grown up into dashing doctor John Buchanan Jr. (Laurence Harvey). An unabashed hedonist, John falls for the sensual Rosa Zacharias (Rita Moreno) and enjoys carefree nights out on the town, an approach to life that starkly contrasts with Alma's reserved manner. While Alma attempts to come out of her shell, John also reconsiders his impulsive ways, leading to the possibility of romance.

Cast & Crew

Geraldine Page
Alma Winemiller
Laurence Harvey
John Buchanan, Jr.
Rita Moreno
Rosa Zacharias
Una Merkel
Mrs. Winemiller
John McIntire
Dr. Buchanan
Thomas Gomez
Papa Zacharias
Pamela Tiffin
Nellie Ewell
Malcolm Atterbury
Rev. Winemiller
Lee Patrick
Mrs. Ewell
Max Showalter
Roger Doremus
Earl Holliman
Archie Kramer
Harry Shannon
Dr. Burke (uncredited)
Pattie Chapman
Cynthia (uncredited)
Jester Hairston
Thomas (uncredited)
Pepe Hern
Nico (uncredited)
Dick Ryan
Dr. Hodges (uncredited)
Paul Nathan
Associate Producer
Elmer Bernstein
Original Music
Charles Lang
Cinematographer
Warren Low
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Critic Reviews for Summer and Smoke

All Critics (3) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (1)

Audience Reviews for Summer and Smoke

  • Apr 15, 2014
    Most Williams conversions to the screen have been fabulous but this one is a let down. There are elements to the directing I think that don't allow for the story to flow as effectively as it could.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 08, 2012
    Moody, stage bound drama with some typical Williams touches has a heavy gothic atmosphere and good performances to recommend it. Geraldine Page conveys the Alma"s yearnings with her customary skill and even the usually stiff Harvey is more accomplished than usual. Also standing out in a small role is Una Merkel as Alma's mother giving an affecting performance in just a few scenes.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2012
    A Southern belle longs for a doctor who pays more attention to desires of the flesh than Southern social mores. It's rare for me to find a superficial quality about an actor that detracts from her performance enough for me to mention it, but Geraldine Page is an unfortunate exception: I hate her face. When she smiles, her cheeks pucker into two protruding circles that dominate her expression; it's like she's got two jawbreakers stuck in her cheeks. And her expression is always coy - coyly distressed, coyly happy, coyly longing. Yes, it's superficial, but the structure of her face actually detracted from her performance. The film's central conflict is a "will he or won't he grow up" dramatic question, and such a plot obviously reinforces traditional values, or in this case, traditional Southern mores. This plot by itself isn't too strong, but with Tennessee Williams's language, it becomes more compelling. Long monologues about passion and fire make fucking around seem like a spiritual communion. This isn't Williams's best writing - some of the metaphors are overwrought and the Southern belle act has gotten cliche - but in the hands of anyone else, it would have been a bland, cliche story about a man being saved by the love of a good woman with a predictable twist. Overall, though it's one of his lesser works, fans of Tennessee Williams might enjoy this film.
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