As Summers Die

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As Summers Die
Based on As Summers Die novel by Winston Groom
Written by Jeff Andrus
Directed by Jean-Claude Tramont
Starring Jamie Lee Curtis
Bette Davis
Scott Glenn
Music by Michel Legrand
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Frank Konigsberg
Larry Sanitsky
Producer(s) Robert Christiansen
Cinematography Ernest Day
Editor(s) Michael Brown
Running time 91 minutes
Production company(s) HBO
Telepictures Productions
Distributor HBO
Thorn EMI
Warner Bros. Television
Original network HBO
Original release May 18, 1986 (1986-05-18)

As Summers Die is a 1986 American made-for-television drama film starring Scott Glenn, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bette Davis and Beah Richards, directed by Jean-Claude Tramont. The film is loosely based on Winston Groom's 1980 novel of the same name about greed, bigotry and justice in late 1950s segregationist southern Louisiana.[1] It was filmed in Valdosta, Georgia and premiered on HBO on May 18, 1986. It was later released on VHS.[2]


Lawyer Willie Croft (Glenn) is indifferent letting his practice run itself when the town's richest family begins a determined effort to obtain the farm of an old black woman, Elvira Backus (Richards). Elvira claims she was given her land by the dead family patriarch, Jonathan Holt, and finds an unlikely ally in Jonathan's aging sister, Hannah Loftin (Davis), whose mental competence is being challenged by the Holt clan. As for Willie, his growing involvement in the case intensifies when he begins to fall in love with Hannah's high-spirited niece, Whitsey (Curtis).



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