A Summer Place (1959)


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The Jorgensons are a wealthy family spending the summer on a resort island. Ken (Richard Egan), Helen (Constance Ford) and daughter Molly (Sandra Dee) settle in to a beach house on the island where Ken was a young lifeguard twenty years ago. He rediscovers Sylvia (Dorothy McGuire), with whom he had an earlier affair before she married Bart Hunter (Arthur Kennedy). The Hunter's son Johnny (Troy Donahue) and Molly fall in love, much to the objection of her mother, a cold and cynical woman. When … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Delmer Daves
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 6, 2007
Warner Home Video


as Ken Jorgenson

as Bart Hunter

as Johnny Hunter

as Molly Jorgenson

as Helen Jorgenson

as Mrs. Hamilton Hamble

as Claude Andrews

as Todd Hasper

as Mr. Hamble

as Mrs. Carter

as Young Girl in Dormit...

as Dr. Matthias

as Englehardt

as Ken's Attorney

as Bart's Attorney

as Anne Talbert

as Mrs. Talbert

as Mrs. Harrington

as Pawnbroker

as Alvin Frost
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Critic Reviews for A Summer Place

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The movie is so-so, BUT that great theme music!

June 7, 2007

Overlong and overwrought...

Full Review… | March 19, 2007
Reel Film Reviews

Reflecting the sexual angsts and domestic anxieties of the 1950s, Delmer Daves' schmaltzy melodrama is known today for catapulting Troy Donahue and Sandra Dee to stardom and for Max Steiner's melodic tune, which became that year's most popular song.

Full Review… | July 4, 2005

Soap opera supreme, 1950s-style. "We've got to be good..."

January 23, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette

Audience Reviews for A Summer Place

If you've seen Grease you've heard that song about Sandra Dee, Sandra plays against that image in this movie. I liked this movie because I could relate, as many do, to the predicament of having divorced parents who date people and you're expected to like them. Plus, the teenage dilemmas in the story as well. Overall a good movie, I liked it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Lush story of forbidden love and teen love in beautiful settings with a memorable score. Constance Ford is a hoot as Sandra Dee's mother.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Ex-lovers (living half-lives with their spouses) re-ignite and the chips fall all over the place. Solid performance by Dorothy McGuire. Richard Egan shows intensity. Arthur Kennedy has his moments. Constance Ford does despicable well. Tab Hunter and Sandra Dee as 1950s teens. I kept having the feeling someone was going to fall off a cliff or have a car wreck, but they didn't. Watch and wonder if love can triumph.

Alaine B

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