Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Forgotten Movies-THAT CERTAIN SUMMER
Back in the sixties and seventies, the networks turned out some pretty good TV movies and mini series. I just read the list and of TV movies from the seventies and I had forgotten some of the movies on there were even made just for TV. In many ways, they eclipse the movies HBO has turned out since and certainly a lot of feature films. I could have chosen many, but I chose THAT CERTAIN SUMMER (ABC, 1972) because it was the first TV movie to deal with homosexuality and it did so with elegance and a first-rate cast.
Hal Holbrook plays a father who has left his wife and son to live with his lover, Martin Sheen, in California. His son (Scott Jacoby) has no knowledge of his father's sexual preference until a summer visit. Martin Sheen plays the lover, Hope Lange, the wife. Now a lot of the movie concerns locating the missing son (who runs off on learning the news) but it also examines their relationship in a thoughtful, respectful way.
The movie was directed by Lamont Johnson, the script written by Richard Levinson and William Link.
Take a look at the list of made for TV movies from the seventies and marvel. Now we just have LIFETIME movies. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
For a list of all forgotten movies this week, please see Todd Mason's blog.