Last Summer (1969)


“What are you going to do with the rest of your life? Sit on the shore and watch? ” – Sandy

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 May 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Three teenagers vacationing on Fire Island share their time together in the waning days of summer having fun but feel threatened when another young girl wants to befriend them.

My Take on it – This is another film that I knew absolutely nothing about and in fact never heard about before coming across it while seeking out films that feature Oscar nominated performances.

The story starts off quite slowly, but they allow us to see how the friendship between these three teens happens.

This is a coming of age film that works on various levels as it lets us try and get into the minds of teenagers during their final days of vacation.

The cats of this film is superb and it’s surprising to see that none of them were known stars at the time.

Richard Thomas, Barbara Hershey and Bruce Davison all shine here in their roles and help us understand their characters as they develop before out eyes.

We get a clear sense as to what they each seek in life even if it’s from a somewhat distorted view of a teenager.

Catherine Burns is the fourth teenager and she has limited screen time yet managed to steal every scene she is in with her on screen presence.

We slowly get to see how pivotal her character is to the story and we get to see how the events portrayed have such an effect on her life.

She was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for her work here as Best Supporting Actress.

Bottom Line – Interesting coming of age movie that works on numerous levels. The cast is great even if they were all unknown at the time and Thomas, Hershey and Davison all do wonderful jobs with the characters they are given.  We get a clear sense of what they all want from life even if it’s from a very distorted view of a teenager.  As the fourth youth, Burns steals every scene she is in and the way that her character becomes even more pivotal to the story is shown really well because we get to see her change over the course of the story. She was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her work here. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – A subplot involving a wounded seagull affected Barbara Hershey sufficiently for her to change her surname to Seagull for a couple of years. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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  1. Pingback: Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actress – Oscars 1969 | MovieRob

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