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83% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 71% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings The big-screen adaptation of Sloan Wilson's popular novel follows wealthy Ken Jorgenson (Richard Egan) as he brings his wife (Constance Ford) and teenage daughter, Molly (Sandra Dee), to the Maine vacation spot where he worked as a middle-class youth. When Ken reunites with his former flame, the now-married Sylvia (Dorothy McGuire), it sparks a passionate tryst. Meanwhile, Sylvia's son, Johnny (Troy Donahue), and Molly begin a romance of their own, unaware of their parents' affair. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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A Summer Place | Rotten Tomatoes (1) Steve Crum Video-Reviewmaster.com The movie is so-so, BUT that great theme music! Rated: 3/5 Jun 7, 2007 Full Review A Summer Place | Rotten Tomatoes (2) David Nusair Reel Film Reviews Overlong and overwrought... Rated: 1.5/4 Mar 19, 2007 Full Review A Summer Place | Rotten Tomatoes (3) Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Reflecting the sexual angsts and domestic anxieties of the 1950s, Delmer Daves' schmaltzy melodrama is known today for catapulting Troy Donahue and Sandra Dee to stardom and for Max Steiner's melodic tune, which became that year's most popular song. Rated: B- Jul 4, 2005 Full Review A Summer Place | Rotten Tomatoes (4) James Sanford Kalamazoo Gazette Soap opera supreme, 1950s-style. "We've got to be good..." Rated: 4/5 Jan 23, 2004 Full Review A Summer Place | Rotten Tomatoes (5) Carol Cling Las Vegas Review-Journal Rated: 3/5 Jan 12, 2004 Full Review A Summer Place | Rotten Tomatoes (6) Philip Martin Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Rated: 3/5 Jul 26, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

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Veronique R It feels so outdated and awkward at many occassions. I watched it, holding my beath and feeling totally fascinated. I was born only a few years after this movie was made. Glad my mother didnt ask a doctor to check my vagin* after a date with a boy. Rated 4/5 Stars • Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/29/24 Full Review Lanfranco C A great soundtrack, but the movie comes from an other time. Rated 2/5 Stars • Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/07/24 Full Review David S For a movie made in 1959 it was very candid on subjects not spoken of at by this generation. Quite entertaining. Rated 4/5 Stars • Rated 4 out of 5 stars 09/03/23 Full Review David K This is one from the sly wit category. It comes across as a soap opera but the lines are actually funny. Take for instance Sandra Dee looking deeply into Troy Donahue's eyes and saying something like "Have you been bad with any girls since I last saw you?" Let's give Delmer Daves some credit here. Rated 3.5/5 Stars • Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 05/04/23 Full Review Douglas G You don't need to watch the movie; just play the theme version on YOUTUBE with the scenes of Sandra Dee looking doe eyed at Jonny. Not the greatest actress who ever lived, but the visuals of her eyes and smiles are enough. Rated 3.5/5 Stars • Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Peyton Place on an island! Maine on the California coast! Sandra Dee looks about 14 years old through the whole movie; she's so obviously Jail Bait that the movie almost qualifies as Kiddie p*rn, especially a super-creepy scene where she lies next to Daddy. Gotta love the way her 'do looks the morning after she almost drowned in a boat capsizing, though! Troy Donahue's portrayal of Johnny, the teen hunk with a case of the blue balls, is riddled with "I'm tired of waiting" cliches. The kids profess love for each other but all they have going for them are good skin [no acne!] and well-off parents. Trite "Love Will Conquer All" ending; we all know it didn't go this easily for the average teen couple "in trouble" in 1959. The movie tries to be "daring" but it wimps out as there's no resolution. Rated 1.5/5 Stars • Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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Delmer Daves Director Richard Egan Ken Jorgenson Dorothy McGuire Sylvia Hunter Sandra Dee Molly Jorgenson Arthur Kennedy Bart Hunter Troy Donahue Johnny Hunter
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Synopsis The big-screen adaptation of Sloan Wilson's popular novel follows wealthy Ken Jorgenson (Richard Egan) as he brings his wife (Constance Ford) and teenage daughter, Molly (Sandra Dee), to the Maine vacation spot where he worked as a middle-class youth. When Ken reunites with his former flame, the now-married Sylvia (Dorothy McGuire), it sparks a passionate tryst. Meanwhile, Sylvia's son, Johnny (Troy Donahue), and Molly begin a romance of their own, unaware of their parents' affair.

Director
Delmer Daves

Producer
Delmer Daves

Screenwriter
Delmer Daves

Distributor
Warner Bros. Pictures

Production Co
Warner Brothers/Seven Arts

Genre
Drama

Original Language
English

Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 22, 1959, Original

Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 1, 2009

Runtime
2h 10m
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