Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973) - Rotten Tomatoes

Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams1973

Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973)





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A once-healthy marriage withers on the vine as a middle-aged wife becomes increasingly incapacitated by a deep depression in this slow-paced and very realistic drama. For her portrayal of the wife, Joanne Woodward received an Oscar nomination as did her co-star Sylvia Sidney who was appearing in her first film in seventeen years.


Joanne Woodward
as Rita Walden
Martin Balsam
as Harry Walden
Sylvia Sidney
as Mrs. Pritchett
Teresa Hughes
as Betty Goody
Win Forman
as Fred Goody
Tresa Hughes
as Betty Goody
Win Foreman
as Fred Goody
Ron Rickards
as Bobby Walden
Minerva Pious
as Mrs. Bimberg
Helen Ludlam
as Grandmother
Grant Code
as Grandfather
Sol Frieder
as Mr. Goldblatt
Dave Thomas
as Chauffeur
Gaetano Lisi
as Student in Theater
Nancy Andrews
as Mrs. Pat Hungerford
Lee Jackson
as Carl Hurlbutt
David Thomas
as Chauffeur
Ron Richards
as Bobby Walden
Dennis Wayne
as Dancer in Dream
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Critic Reviews for Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams

All Critics (3)

The whole thing is rather jerky. The sensitivity is in the performances but seldom anywhere else.

April 3, 2019 | Full Review…

The midlife crisis of a bourgeois housewife is the center of this domestic melodrama, which flaunts the Oscar-nominated turns of Joanne Woodward in the lead and Sylvia Sidney as her tyrannical mother, whose death precipitates major family crises.

August 1, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Presents the midlife crisis of a New York housewife whose two children have grown up and left home.

September 1, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams


The midlife crisis at the middle of a couples' existence is aided through the stellar turn of Joanne Woodward but the slow pace to the film traps the viewer in amber from which they never achieve gratification.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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