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156 Ratings

Summer of '42

Directed by Robert Mulligan
United States, 1971
Drama, Romance


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.

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Summer of '42 Directed by Robert Mulligan

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1972 | Winner: Best Music, Original Dramatic Score

1972 | 3 nominations including: Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced

San Sebastián International Film Festival

1971 | Winner: Silver Seashell

BAFTA Awards

1972 | Winner: Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music

1972 | Nominee: Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles

Directors Guild of America

1972 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Critics reviews

The events are clearly past, mythologically so, with scenes of troops sailing off to war, first dates at the movie house (with make out sessions to NOW, VOYAGER, ’42) and fumbling over an old sex manual. These are scenes that could come out of a Budweiser commercial, but Mulligan invests them with such emotion and detail they become monumental.
April 10, 2018
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