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Summer of '42 (1971)

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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.


Robert Mulligan


Herman Raucher
Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Jennifer O'Neill ... Dorothy
Gary Grimes ... Hermie
Jerry Houser ... Oscy
Oliver Conant Oliver Conant ... Benjie
Katherine Allentuck Katherine Allentuck ... Aggie
Christopher Norris ... Miriam
Lou Frizzell Lou Frizzell ... Druggist


Silent as a painting, the movie shows us day-dreamer Hermie and his friends Oscy and Benjie spending the summer of '42 on an US island with their parents - rather unaffected by WWII. While Oscy's main worries are the when and how of getting laid, Hermie honestly falls in love with the older Dorothy, who's married to an army pilot. When her husband returns to the front, Hermie shyly approaches her. Written by Bob Dawson <dawsonb@lfs.loral.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


In everyone's life there's a "Summer of '42" See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

26 April 1971 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Summer of '42 See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Bragg, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$44,690,000, 31 December 1971
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the "Written by Herman Raucher" credit comes up in the beginning credits, the picture of Dorothy, Jennifer O'Neill, writing is seen on the background. See more »


A 1970s gas station sign is visible in the background (albeit with the logo covered up) when Dorothy is waving goodbye to her husband from the dock as he ships out. 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 ...
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Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont
Portion whistled by Gary Grimes
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Classic, timeless
28 September 2004 | by rams_lakersSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie on TV as a teenager in the 70s. One or two of my sisters may have been watching too, and it was somewhat embarrassing when the intimate scene with Hermie and Dorothy came out, but I wasn't about to turn my head as I enjoyed the movie as a whole. My parents were never that strict on us so I didn't have that worry.

This movie tugs at the emotions. The impossible relationship with the beautiful older woman. The camaraderie with friends during that age. It's also interesting how 15 year old girls were made to appear so immature and unsexy, like when the 3 boys had dates and were standing in a movie line. Everything points to the thrill of that older woman relationship. I was just wanting that to happen for Herbie, and when it did... wow. Some of the situations were humorous, like when Herbie tries to buy rubbers at the dime store. Just all in all a great story, one I can watch again and again. I give it 8 out of 10 stars. This one is easily in my top 250.

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