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A Summer Story (1988)

England, 1904. A young lawyer from London, Mr. Ashton and his best friend are hiking across Dartmoor. As he twisted his ankle, Ashton is forced to seek help at a nearby farmhouse and stay ... See full summary »

Director:

Piers Haggard

Writers:

John Galsworthy (story "The Apple Tree"), Penelope Mortimer
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Wilby ... Frank Ashton
Imogen Stubbs ... Megan David
Susannah York ... Mrs. Narracombe
Kenneth Colley ... Jim (as Ken Colley)
Jerome Flynn ... Joe Narracombe
Lee Billett Lee Billett ... Nick
Oliver Perry Oliver Perry ... Rick
Harry Burton Harry Burton ... Garton
Sophie Ward ... Stella Halliday
John Elmes John Elmes ... Phil Halliday
Camilla Power ... Sabina Halliday
Juliette Fleming Juliette Fleming ... Freda Halliday
Sukie Smith Sukie Smith ... Betsy
John Savident ... Bank Clerk
Rachel Joyce Rachel Joyce ... Post Office Girl
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Storyline

England, 1904. A young lawyer from London, Mr. Ashton and his best friend are hiking across Dartmoor. As he twisted his ankle, Ashton is forced to seek help at a nearby farmhouse and stay there for a few days. Innocent beauty Megan David catches the attention of Ashton. He decides to stay longer, and he and Megan fall in love, much to the displeasure of Megan's aunt and her loutish son. Before Ashton leaves the farm, he vows to return and take Megan away with him. Written by nitorch

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For every man and every woman there is that one great love. A love that touches the heart fires the soul and lingers in the memory forever.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 1988 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

A Summer Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Devon, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$462,813
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Many of the extras and minor characters in A Summer Story (such as Cyril Chudley, who played Betsy's father, seen in the sheep pen shaking hands with Mr Ashton) were actually real farmers. They were invited to take part in the film because they were accomplished country dancers. That years harvest had to be worked around the filming schedule. See more »

Connections

Version of Actor's Studio: The Apple Tree (1950) See more »

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Traditional
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A wonderful weepie with an excellent score from Delerue
11 April 2001 | by susan davidsonSee all my reviews

If you are thinking of watching this movie, make sure you have a box of tissues ready - because unless you are emotionally constipated this film will make you cry. I watched it on my return from the hospital after giving birth to my daughter and I wept buckets. It is beautifully acted, particularly by Imogen Stubbs. I can't understand why we do not see more of this talented actress. The music by George Delerue matches and enhances the heart rending story, and sounds pretty darn good without the film, too. The story is about an upper class young man(James Wilby) who, whilst on a walking holiday, falls in love with a beautiful young farm girl. I really don't want to give any more of the plot away. I loved it. If you never enjoy romance, or poignant tales of lost chances and heartbreak, then you probably won't love it!


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