Five Days One Summer
|Five Days One Summer|
|Directed by||Fred Zinnemann|
|Produced by||Fred Zinnemann|
|Written by||Michael Austin|
|Based on||Maiden, Maiden|
by Kay Boyle
|Music by||Elmer Bernstein|
|Edited by||Stuart Baird|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
Five Days One Summer is a 1982 American romantic drama film directed and produced by Fred Zinnemann, from a screenplay by Michael Austin, based on the 1929 short story Maiden, Maiden by Kay Boyle. The film stars Sean Connery, Betsy Brantley, and Lambert Wilson.
Douglas Meredith, a middle-aged Scottish doctor is on vacation in the Alps in 1932 with a young woman, Kate, whom he introduces as his wife. Douglas has brought Kate to the Alps for a mountain climbing trip. Douglas and Kate are absorbed with a psychological melancholy. Through flashbacks, it is revealed that Kate has been in love with Douglas since she was a young girl and that she had seduced him away from another woman. The flashbacks also reveal that Kate is actually his niece. But then, in their mountain retreat, a handsome climbing guide appears and develops an attraction for Kate. A love triangle ensues, but in the end, during a mountaineering trip, only one man comes down safely while the other falls to his death. Either one's demise means enormous tears for Kate. But which one survives?
- Sean Connery as Douglas Meredith
- Betsy Brantley as Kate
- Lambert Wilson as Johann Biari
- Jennifer Hilary as Sarah Meredith
- Isabel Dean as Kate's Mother
- Gérard Buhr as Brendel
- Anna Massey as Jennifer Pierce
- Sheila Reid as Gillian Pierce
Five Days One Summer received negative reviews from critics and was a box-office bomb. It was the final film directed by Fred Zinnemann. He later remarked that "I'm not saying it was a good picture, but there was a degree of viciousness in the reviews. The pleasure some people took in tearing down the film really hurt."
- Maslin, Janet (November 7, 1982). "ZINNEMAN OFFERS 5 DAYS ONE SUMMER". The New York Times. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
- Gritten, David (June 21, 1992). "MOVIES: A Lion in His Winter: At 85, Fred Zinnemann looks back on a life in film; his anecdote-rich autobiography earns the rave reviews his last movie didn't". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 26, 2020.