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Last Summer (1969)




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A pretty teenage girl comes to the rescue of a dying seagull in Last Summer. Sandy (Barbara Hershey) enlists the help of Peter (Richard Thomas) and Dan (Bruce Davison) to help the bird and remove a fishhook from the gull's throat. The three become friends and they smoke marijuana and swim, discussing their problems about parents and life. Rhoda (Cathy Burns) is the level headed plain looking girl who admonishes the trio for trying to make the injured bird fly. Peter and Dan talk about having sex with Sandy, who engages the shy Rhonda in a game of "truth or dare" as the sassy Sandy removes her bikini top. The three hold Rhonda down while she is brutally raped. Ralph Waite plays Peter's father, and the two would again play father and son in the 1970s television series "The Waltons." Last Summer was rated X at the time of it's initial release, but quickly became rated R in the wake of the sexual and cultural revolution sparked in the 1960s.


Peter Turgeon
as Mr. Caudell
Lou Gary
as Town Hood
Andrew Krance
as Town Hood
Wayne Mayer
as Town Hood
Ralph Waite
as Peter's Father
Conrad Bain
as Dan's Father
Eileen Letchworth
as Dan's Mother
Maeve McGuire
as Younger Woman
Glen Walker
as Boy at Dance
Lydia Wilen
as Waitress
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Critic Reviews for Last Summer

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Like their subjects, they too frequently mistake postures for performances and smartness for wisdom.

October 30, 2007 | Full Review…
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One of those winsome, nostalgic beach movies.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

The best thing about the movie, however, are the performances that Perry has gotten from his new players, who manage to seem variously awkward and strident, dense and dumb, and sometimes very innocent, without ever being self-conscious about it.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

There are good movies about other people's lives, but rarely a movie that recalls, if only for a scene or two, the sense and flavor of life the way you remember it.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The distance between Truman Capote's work and this adaptation is not big, it simply doesn't exist because there's no possible relation between the two. [Full Review in Spanish]

July 18, 2019 | Full Review…

It is so achingly real, so sensitively written, so sharply directed and amazingly acted by a quartet of young players, that Last Summer stands, in mid-season, as one of the finest films of the year.

July 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Last Summer

Another fascinating "End of the 60s" film that puts a capstone on a remarkable decade. I don't ever think I've seen an "end of innocence" theme portrayed quite so literally or more startlingly. A decade where everyone "grew up" quickly, became disabused of their naïveté, were politicized, found their voices -- how interesting that Rhoda is, in the end, silenced and rendered passive. She's the most articulate character in the movie up until she is raped. The rest is silence. In fact the rape marginalizes her right out of the end of the film. This is very well written, and Cathy Burns as Rhoda was not only nominated for a supporting actress Oscar, but I'm thinking maybe she actually should have won it.

And speaking of suddenly growing up, coming of age, it's great to see Barbara Hershey, Richard "John Boy" Thomas, and Bruce Davison growing up into acting adulthood. I wonder, perhaps if it weren't for The Waltons, if Thomas would have had a bigger acting career. He really is very good in this one, topped only by Cathy Burns.

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