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Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973)

PG | | Drama | 30 August 1974 (Ireland)
Rita, a middle aged New York City homemaker, finds herself in an emotional crisis which forces her to re-examine her life, as well as her relationships with her mother, her eye doctor ... See full summary »

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Gilbert Cates

Writer:

Stewart Stern
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joanne Woodward ... Rita Walden
Martin Balsam ... Dr. Harry Walden
Sylvia Sidney ... Mrs. Pritchard - Rita's Mother
Tresa Hughes ... Betty Goody
Dori Brenner Dori Brenner ... Anna
Ron Rickards Ron Rickards ... Bobby Walden
Win Forman Win Forman ... Fred Goody
Peter Marklin Peter Marklin ... Joel
Nancy Andrews Nancy Andrews ... Mrs. Pat Hungerford (voice)
Minerva Pious Minerva Pious ... Woman in Theatre
Sol Frieder Sol Frieder ... Man in Theatre
Helen Ludlam Helen Ludlam ... Rita's Grandmother
Grant Code Grant Code ... Rita's Grandfather
Gaetano Lisi Gaetano Lisi ... Student in Theatre
Lee Jackson Lee Jackson ... Carl Hurlcutt
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Rita, a middle aged New York City homemaker, finds herself in an emotional crisis which forces her to re-examine her life, as well as her relationships with her mother, her eye doctor husband, her alienated daughter and estranged son. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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From the star and author of "Rachel, Rachel" See more »

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USA

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English | French

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30 August 1974 (Ireland) See more »

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Carnival See more »

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Features Sylvia Sidney's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

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Mrs. Pritchard - Rita's Mother: I thought I was having a heart attack.
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Featured in Oscars, Actors and The Exorcist (1974) See more »

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It's April Again
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Music by Georges Auric
French lyrics by Jacques Larue
English lyrics by William Engvick
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Summer and Winter Madness **1/2
9 January 2006 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Joanne Woodward in another frustrating Oscar nominated performance.

As a middle aged woman, Joanne faces a breakdown not helped when she accompanies her mother, a very old-looking Sylvia Sidney, to the movies and have her mother drop dead in the theater. This would be enough to set anyone off. Given Woodward's past movie history, it does not take much to accomplish this.

No matter where she is, she can't get her mother out of her mind. Her mother seems to be all over the place waving to her even at the top of a staircase.

Both Woodward and Sidney were Oscar nominated for best actress and supporting actress respectively. Mercifully, they both lost.

The fact remains that life has enough frustrations and even though dying is a part of it, we don't need the constant reminder. Get a life Ms. Woodward.


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