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The Hot Month of August (1966)

O zestos minas Avgoustos (original title)
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A chance encounter with an international playboy and a clandestine affair with a cryptic married woman entangle an unsuspecting young man in a well-planned conspiracy. Has anyone emerged unscathed from the unbreakable shackles of passion?

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Sokrates Kapsaskis (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Petros Fyssoun ... Kostas Makris (as Petros Fissoun)
Giannis Fertis ... Iason Filippou (as Yanis Fertis)
Minas Christidis Minas Christidis ... Fokas (as Minos Hristidis)
Katerina Vasilakou ... Elpida Lygeri
Betty Arvaniti Betty Arvaniti ... Martha Foka
Stephanos Stratigos Stephanos Stratigos ... Vasilis
Angelos Antonopoulos ... District attorney (as A. Andonopoulos)
Lavrentis Dianellos ... Iason's father (as I. Dianelos)
Joly Garbi Joly Garbi ... Elpida's mother (as Tz. Garbi)
Mary Metaxa Mary Metaxa ... Iason's mother
Dimitris Moraitis Dimitris Moraitis
Nikos Neogenis Nikos Neogenis
Nikos Pashalidis Nikos Pashalidis ... Police officer (as N. Pashalidis)
Areti Pitsika Areti Pitsika ... (as Aretousa Pitsika)
Giorgos Velentzas Giorgos Velentzas ... Police officer (as G. Velentzas)
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A young man, Jason, is on his way home and meets two beautiful women, Hope and Alexis. He falls for Hope, but has sex with Alexis. He doesn't know that Alexis' husband has hired a private detective to trail her, and the man reports back to Alexis' husband about her affair with Jason. The husband kills Alexis but the police suspect Jason. He and Hope have to clear his name and find enough evidence to prove the husband is the killer. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

Greece

Language:

Greek

Release Date:

February 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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The movie was screened during 1966-1967 and sold 89,797 tickets. It came 65th out of 117 movies. See more »

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USA version is re-edited, dubbed without regard for the original script, and contains additional scenes. See more »

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Surprise: a good film from Greece & Doris
10 June 2015 | by lor_See all my reviews

I foolishly assumed HOT MONTH OF AUGUST would be crap, as Doris Wishman took a Greek movie and dubbed & heavily re-edited/re-shot it for the U.S. market. But what emerges is an entertaining if routine suspense film, with excellent acting (that survives the dubbing) and okay plot twists.

This is an object lesson I've taken to heart and which should be strictly observed by IMDb contributors: you have to actually watch a movie before intelligently commenting upon it. The shortcuts of "oh, it was made by Michael Bay or Uwe Boll" (fill in the name of anyone you hate) or believing the advance hype or hearsay from shows spawned by Siskel & Ebert are useless and potentially misleading.

Even Bergman had his bad days, and inside of every hack is a fine, dream movie waiting to get out. (For me the status of hack is based on batting average - the directors I despise are generally batting well under .100, with maybe a couple of decent movies amidst their dross.)

This story begins in familiar fashion, our young hero has failed in the big city and is returning home to his family to try and make his way in familiar surroundings. On the boat voyage he meets a gigolo named Makris at the bar who tells him how to pick up women. When Makris strikes out with a handsome woman Alexis, she takes up with Jason instead and they have a brief ship-board romance.

Back home Jason's dad wants him to get an office job and is pulling strings for him, but the boy is ambivalent about his future. He takes off with a young girl Hope who his parents match with him (for marriage that is), and they have a brief affair.

Plot thickens when it turns out that Makris and Alexis are plotting to kill her husband and make Jason the fall guy. Makris is in fact a private eye hired by hubby to spy on Alexis, but they're one step ahead of the old guy.

I liked the way events escalated and various plot elements were sorted out in the later reels: during the botched murder attempt hubby gets wise in time and shoots both Makris and his wife. Instead of explaining the fairly complicated matter to the police, hubby fabricates a story which makes Jason the logical suspect, and without much evidence the cops lock him up.

A more perceptive d.a. is suspicious of the old coot and eventually comes up with both motive (expected inheritance) and opportunity to get the goods on hubby. Even Hope gets into the act, defying local convention by coming forward with a true (but disbelieved by the authorities) alibi for Jason, that she slept with him at the time the shootings took place.

Acting is fine throughout, especially by Petros Fyssoun as Makris, an indelible portrait of a charming rogue. It is interesting to note that he later starred in other sexy movies like MAKE ME A WOMAN (issued dubbed in America as THE SISTERS), so it wasn't a terrible stretch for Doris Wishman to adopt this movie and make it sexier. She added approximately 10 minutes of nude scenes, fairly well matched to the original action. It wasn't a case of trashing the imported movie, the way Woody Allen famously did with his first film, a Japanese action movie which became WHAT'S UP, TIGER LILY? with the Woodman adding a sexy Playboy centerfold China Lee to spice that one up a bit.

In an early scene set on a beach, Marie Liljedahl in a bikini has a speaking role and would have been only 15 or 16 at the time, but as in her later hit INGA appears full-grown. Credits list an "Ann Liljendahl" who has no other info in IMDb, so I suspect this was the original screen credit for Marie as "Ann".


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