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That Certain Summer (1972)

A teenager must deal with his divorced father's homosexuality.

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Lamont Johnson
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Hal Holbrook ... Doug Salter
Martin Sheen ... Gary McClain
Joe Don Baker ... Phil Bonner
Marlyn Mason ... Laureen Hyatt
Scott Jacoby ... Nick Salter
Hope Lange ... Janet Salter
James McEachin ... Mr. Early, the Conductor
Clarke Gordon Clarke Gordon ... Artist
Jan Shepard Jan Shepard ... Jody Bonner
Carolyn Bueno Carolyn Bueno ... Mrs. Michele
Myron Natwick ... Man at Party
Patti MacLeod Patti MacLeod ... Woman (as Patti Steele)
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Storyline

A teenager must deal with his divorced father's homosexuality.

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Homosexuality is something people never talk about. If they did this family would never have to face...

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Damals im Sommer See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The teleplay by Richard Levinson and William Link was the first to deal sympathetically with homosexuality. See more »

Quotes

Doug Salter: Do you know what the word "homosexual" means? Nick? C'mon, look at me. Keep the door open. Do you know what it means?
Nick Salter: I guess so.
Doug Salter: You probably heard about it in school or in the streets. Well, that's just one side: put downs and jokes. A lot of people - most people, I guess - think it's wrong. They say it's a sickness. They say it's something that has to be cured. I don't know. I do know it isn't easy. If I had a choice, it's not something I'd pick for myself. But it's the only way I can live. ...
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Holds Up Remarkably Well
20 January 2007 | by hslevSee all my reviews

I saw this at the Museum of Radio and Television (don't think it's available on DVD). I had first seen it as what now called a "questioning" young man in 1972 (the son's character was 14, I was 13 at the time) and remembered it being very important to me as the first sensitive, non- judgmental portrayal of gay men on television. I particularly remembered the poise of a very young Martin Sheen. Viewing it again after 35 years it was almost as affecting, with wonderful acting by a very strong ensemble cast, with Hope Lange a stand-out as the mother/ex-wife. I enjoyed the early-70s touches (shag carpeting in the bathroom, 8-track cassettes) but realized that -- despite so many advances in gay rights over the years -- it could almost be re-made today and still make sense. Cross your fingers that this someday is available on DVD.


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