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Summer of '42 -- During his summer vacation on Nantucket Island in 1942, a youth eagerly awaiting his first sexual encounter finds himself developing a contradictorily innocent love for a young woman awaiting news on her soldier husband's fate in WWII.


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Release Date:
26 April 1971 (Brazil) See more »
In everyone's life there's a "Summer of '42" See more »
During his summer vacation on Nantucket Island in 1942, a youth eagerly awaiting his first sexual encounter finds himself developing an innocent love for a young woman awaiting news on her soldier husband's fate in WWII. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jennifer O'Neill ... Dorothy

Gary Grimes ... Hermie

Jerry Houser ... Oscy
Oliver Conant ... Benjie
Katherine Allentuck ... Aggie

Christopher Norris ... Miriam
Lou Frizzell ... Druggist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Paul Henreid ... Jerry Durrance (archive footage) (uncredited)

Robert Mulligan ... Narrator (uncredited) (voice)

Walter Scott ... Dorothy's Husband (uncredited)

Maureen Stapleton ... Hermie's Mother (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Mulligan 
Writing credits
Herman Raucher (written by)

Produced by
Don Kranze .... associate producer
Richard Roth .... producer (as Richard A. Roth)
Original Music by
Michel Legrand 
Cinematography by
Robert Surtees 
Film Editing by
Folmar Blangsted 
Casting by
Alixe Gordin 
Nessa Hyams 
Jack Roberts (uncredited)
Production Design by
Albert Brenner 
Set Decoration by
Marvin March 
Makeup Department
Ken Chase .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Dorothy White .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mel Efros .... assistant director
Don Kranze .... assistant director
Irby Smith .... assistant director
Art Department
Lowell Chambers .... leadman (uncredited)
Robey Cooper .... prop master (uncredited)
Don Miller .... second props (uncredited)
Arthur Orlando .... painter (uncredited)
Frank Repola .... painter (uncredited)
John J. Rutchland Jr. .... propmaker (uncredited)
Lowell Thomas .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Ken Walker .... swing gang (uncredited)
Alva Williams .... propmaker (uncredited)
Sound Department
Tom Overton .... sound
Ralph Butler .... boom operator (uncredited)
Dennis Jones .... sound cable (uncredited)
John K. Kean .... sound mixer (uncredited)
John K. Kean .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael J. Bailey .... electrician (uncredited)
Glen Bird .... gaffer (uncredited)
James R. Connell .... camera operator (uncredited)
Dave Friedman .... still photographer (uncredited)
Alan Goldenhar .... electrician (uncredited)
Jack Kennedy .... best boy (uncredited)
Richard Lasher .... electrician (uncredited)
Edward Morey III .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Jack Palinkas .... grip (uncredited)
Karl Reid .... key grip (uncredited)
Frank Stanley .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Marlene Hall .... casting: Ft. Bragg (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jerry Alpert .... costumer: men (uncredited)
Joanne Haas .... costumer: women (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Fred Bohanan .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
George Leslie .... location auditor (uncredited)
Music Department
Michel Legrand .... conductor
Transportation Department
Ed Dutton .... transportation gaffer (uncredited)
Other crew
Anthony Goldschmidt .... title designer
Portia Adams .... social worker (uncredited)
Bert Garey .... chaperone (uncredited)
Elizabeth Gill .... secretary to producer and director (uncredited)
Marie Kenney .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Ned Moss .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Kevin Mulligan .... production assistant (uncredited)
Lee Stitch .... secretary to producer (uncredited)
Andrea Weiss .... chaperone (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Summer of '42" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
"Verano del 42" - Argentina, Peru, Spain
"Hubo una vez un verano" - Mexico (imdb display title), Peru (imdb display title)
"Un été 42" - Canada (French title) (complete title), France
"'n Zomer '42" - Belgium (Flemish title) (imdb display title)
"Лето 42-го" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Лятото на 42-ра" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"Frühling einen Sommer lang" - West Germany (alternative title)
"Houve uma Vez um Verão" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"Kamaszkorom legszebb nyara" - Hungary (imdb display title)
"Kesä 42" - Finland
"Lato roku 1942" - Poland
"Leto '42" - Yugoslavia (Serbian title) (literal title)
"Mazi sou gnorisa ton erota" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Quell'estate del '42" - Italy
"Sommaren '42" - Sweden
"Sommer '42" - West Germany (imdb display title)
"Sommeren '42" - Norway
"Sommeren 42 - jeg glemmer dig aldrig" - Denmark
"Verão 42" - Portugal (imdb display title)
"Verão de 42" - Brazil (reissue title)
"Yaz günüydü" - Turkey (Turkish title)
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103 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Finland:K-12 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:Btl | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video) | USA:PG (re-rating) (1972) | USA:R (original rating) (1971)

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In the novel, it is revealed that after Dorothy left Hermie, new people bought her house.See more »
Continuity: When Dorothy is drinking coffee with Hermie in their introductory scene, she holds the cup in her right hand, with her left hand elevating the saucer under it (British formal tea style). But the reverse angle shows her holding the cup with both hands and the saucer has vanished.See more »
[first lines]
Narrator:[voice-over] When I was 15 and my family came to the island for the summer, there weren't as many houses or people as they are now. The geography of the island and the singularity of the sea were far more noticeable then. And if a guy wasn't to die of loneliness, this family made certain that other families from his neighborhood contributed other kids to the island. Present with me in the summer of '42 were Oscy, my best friend. And Benji, my next best friend. We called ourselves the "terrible trio".
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48 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
One of my all-time favorites., 25 August 2004
Author: dhenderson-3 from New York City

This is truly a wonderful film and a classic. It has everything: romance, comedy, sadness and the reminiscence of puberty and coming of age. The dialog between Hermie and his two teenage buddies wile exploring their emerging sexuality is a wonderful and hilarious, i.e., "Do you think I'm in love with Vera Michaels. I hope I'm not in love with her. I hate her." Who couldn't relate to those things in our youth.

Jennifer O'Neill, as Hermie's crush Dorothy, is gorgeous and well suited for her role. The scenes between her and Hermie go from funny and clever to sad and wondrous. One can only guess the emotions going on inside Dorothy's head when she finds out her husband has been killed in the war. I always felt she just wanted to experience closeness with someone during that time and Hermie just happened to be nearby. She also knew he cared about her and it was important for her to be needed . . . by someone.

A glorious film and one I can watch tons of times and discover something different each time. Highly recommended.

P.S. Michele LeGrand's musical score is beautiful. Just another plus for the movie.

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