Summer Place

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"The Inn... The Guests... The Sensations..."
  • Approved
  • 1959
  • 2 hr 10 min
  • 6.9  (3,747)

Summer Place is a romantic drama film released in 1959, directed by Delmer Daves and starring Richard Egan, Dorothy McGuire, Sandra Dee, Arthur Kennedy, and Troy Donahue. The film is based on the novel by Sloan Wilson. The movie focuses on the two families, the Hunters and the Jorgensens, as they spend their summer at Pine Island, Maine, where they have rented a cottage. Ken Jorgensen (Richard Egan) is a successful and wealthy businessman who is married to Helen (Dorothy McGuire). They have a teenage daughter named Molly (Sandra Dee). Bart Hunter (Arthur Kennedy) is a middle-aged divorcee who brings his son Johnny (Troy Donahue) to the island for the summer.

The film explores the relationships between the two families and the conflicts that arise from their different social classes. Ken finds himself attracted to the much younger Molly, and the two begin a secret romance. Similarly, Johnny falls in love with Molly's friend, the local girl Sylvia (Constance Ford), and both couples face disapproval from their families and society.

As the summer progresses, tensions build, and the secrets and lies become too much to bear. Ultimately, the relationships between the families unravel, and their summer paradise becomes a battleground of emotions and desires.

Summer Place is a beautifully shot film, with stunning scenes of the Maine coast and a memorable soundtrack featuring the hit song "Theme from A Summer Place" by Percy Faith. The film explores complex themes of love, desire, and social class, and it is also notable for addressing taboo topics such as adultery and premarital sex.

Overall, Summer Place remains a classic of 1950s cinema, with its engrossing plot and strong performances from the cast. It captures a bygone era of American society and the complexities of human relationships that transcend time.

Summer Place is a 1959 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 10 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.9.

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    2 hr 10 min
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    6.9  (3,747)