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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 ... 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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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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Drama

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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)

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1.33 : 1
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The teleplay by Richard Levinson and William Link was the first to deal sympathetically with homosexuality. See more »

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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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Polite, intelligently crafted, sensitive telefilm...
7 December 2005 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Well-made TV-movie, largely acknowledged as the first made-for-television film to tackle the subject of homosexuality, has divorced San Francisco contractor Hal Holbrook looking forward to a visit from his fourteen-year-old son who lives out in Los Angeles with his mother; things are shaky when the kid meets his dad's new male friend, and once he figures out that Pop enjoys this male companion more so than eligible women, he runs away in anger and confusion. Levinson/Link production won raves upon its first network showing, and indeed it is smart, focused, and without stereotypes. Still, when the kid runs away (for a large section of the film), precious time on the clock is wasted as the adults search for him and worry. The film isn't melodramatic, thankfully; it's brave, it has a thoughtful, melancholy undermining, and the gay theme is served well (only some of the dialogue dates it). But more courageous the whole thing might have been with more hearty talk and less shame and tears.


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