A Summer Place was released in 1959, the year I graduated from high school in Santa Barbara, California. I remember that summer of my youth, and the summers that followed, as a time of warm sunny days, sandy beaches, salty air and fresh ocean surf. And I remember the cool summer evenings spent parking at the beach, cruising State Street, watching a movie at the Fox Arlington Theater, or enjoying burgers, fries and shakes at the Blue Onion Drive-In. But most of all I remember the anticipation, the joy and the heartache of young summer love, the real-life version of Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue's larger-than-life on-screen romance. A Summer Place recalls a time that existed briefly, but has gone forever. We can never go back, but we can watch the film and remember how wonderful it was. If you enjoyed Peggy Sue Got Married or Pleasantville then you will probably enjoy A Summer Place.
Labels: drama, Fifties, romance, teenager
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Theme from A Summer Place - Henry Mancini
Theme from A Summer Place - Percy Faith
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