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Plot, Details & Awards

Summer of '42

R In Theaters 02/16/2009 , 102min.
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Plot & Details

A surprise success in 1971 ($20 million worth of "surprise"), The Summer of '42 is a coming-of-age piece, drenched in nostalgia. 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. With O'Neill's soldier husband off to war, Grimes convinces himself that he can take hubby's place in every way. O'Neill is amused by Grimes' attentions (confined to doing chores and carrying her groceries), but never thinks of him in sexual terms. And then, O'Neill's husband is killed in battle. Herman Raucher based his intensely nostalgic script on his own experience, going so far as to use the real names of past acquaintances (including the Jennifer O'Neill counterpart) as character names in his screenplay. An Academy Award went to Michel LeGrand's evocative musical score. Summer of '42 was later novelized by Raucher, then followed up on screen by the less effective Class of 44.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1971 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Folmar Blangsted Nominated
1971 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Herman Raucher Nominated
1971 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Drama Score Michel Legrand Won
1971 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Robert Surtees Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1971 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Anthony Asquith Award Michel Legrand Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1971 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Robert Mulligan Nominated
1971 Hollywood Foreign Press Association New Star of the Year - Male Gary Grimes Nominated
1971 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score Michel Legrand Nominated
1971 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1971 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Anthony Asquith Award Michel Legrand Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1971 Directors Guild of America Best Director Robert Mulligan Nominated

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