Five Days One Summer

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Five Days One Summer
Five Days One Summer FilmPoster.jpeg
Film poster
Directed byFred Zinnemann
Produced byFred Zinnemann
Written byMichael Austin
Based onMaiden, Maiden
by Kay Boyle
Music byElmer Bernstein
CinematographyGiuseppe Rotunno
Edited byStuart Baird
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • November 12, 1982 (1982-11-12)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryUnited States

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.[1] 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?



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."[2]


  1. ^ Maslin, Janet (November 7, 1982). "ZINNEMAN OFFERS 5 DAYS ONE SUMMER". The New York Times. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  2. ^ 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.

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