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Summer and Smoke (1961)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | April 1962 (Austria)
Plain, repressed spinster falls for a dashing young medical student, but he prefers the wilder life, until it's too late.

Director:

Peter Glenville

Writers:

Tennessee Williams (play), James Poe (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Laurence Harvey ... John Buchanan, Jr
Geraldine Page ... Alma Winemiller
Rita Moreno ... Rosa Zacharias
Una Merkel ... Mrs. Winemiller
John McIntire ... Dr. Buchanan
Thomas Gomez ... Papa Zacharias
Pamela Tiffin ... Nellie Ewell
Malcolm Atterbury ... Rev. Winemiller
Lee Patrick ... Mrs. Ewell
Max Showalter ... Roger Doremus (as Casey Adams)
Earl Holliman ... Archie Kramer
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Storyline

Since childhood, spinster Alma Winemiller has loved handsome young Dr. John Buchanan, Jr.. But John has fallen hard for Rosa Zacharias, the town's sultry vamp, and descends into a seamy nightlife while ignoring Alma's dreams of romance and possible marriage. Written by alfiehitchie

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There is a haze, a smoke in summer...from the smouldering fire in this, the season of her longing... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1962 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Verano y humo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Hal Wallis Productions bought the film rights to the play in 1952, shortly before its Off-Broadway revival, for $100,000. See more »

Quotes

John Buchanan, Jr: At the moment, I'm a doctor on leave. On leave from ice packs, quinine and bedpans.
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Connections

Referenced in Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) See more »

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A haunting treatment of a Tennessee Williams drama, fraught with repressed, deeply felt emotion. Geraldine Page gives a riveting, heartbreaking performance.
15 August 1999 | by Rogue-18See all my reviews

Set in a small, insular town in the deep South, this is a gripping drama of miscommunication and repressed passion. Geraldine Page's powerful performance becomes progressively more harrowing as her character, the spinsterish Miss Alma, struggles to forge a connection with the man she has always loved--the handsome, dissolute son of the town's respected doctor (Laurence Harvey, perfectly cast). In the process, lives are forever changed--in ways none of those involved could have predicted. Page is simply incredible in this movie, delivering a climactic soliloquy that will leave you emotionally shell-shocked.


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