A surprise success in 1971 ($20 million worth of "surprise"), The Summer of '42 is a coming-of-age piece, drenched in nostalgia. Director Robert Mulligan narrates the film as the grown-up counterpart of Hermie (Gary Grimes), a teenager of the War Years who has a crush on twentyish Jennifer O'Neill. With O'NEILL's soldier husband off to war, Grimes convinces himself that he can take hubby's place in every way. O'NEILL is amused by Grimes' attentions (confined to doing chores and carrying her groceries), but never thinks of him in sexual terms. And then, O'NEILL's husband is killed in battle. Herman Raucher based his intensely nostalgic script on his own experience, going so far as to use the real names of past acquaintances (including the Jennifer O'Neill counterpart) as character names in his screenplay. An Academy Award went to Michel LeGrand's evocative musical score. Summer of '42 was later novelized by Raucher, then followed up on screen by the less effective Class of 44.~Hal Erickson
My copy of this movie locks up temporarily at one particular spot in the movie. I played the movie on two other DVD players and confirmed that the disk is faulty (one scene only). This movie has sentimental value to me (location and family member is in the movie). Can't give it more than 3 stars because of the faulty disk
From the haunting melody of the movie's score to the grainy video quality of the film, this movie immediately brings me back to my younger days when I first saw it. Great cast, great character development, funny scenes, tender moments - this film has it all. Glad to have a copy of this in my collection for those times when I'm in the mood for something nostalgic. After all, everyone has had their own version of a Summer of '42.
Summer of ‘42 is a great movie. This blu-ray transfer is BAD, with terrible sound quality and abysmal color tones - everything (from faces to hillsides) looks dark pink. Stick with the DVD - even though it may look grainy on a 4K TV, the color and sound are infinitely better.