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Five Days One Summer

Five Days One Summer
Film poster
Directed by Fred Zinnemann
Produced by Peter Beale
Fred Zinnemann
Written by Michael Austin
Kay Boyle
Starring Sean Connery
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Cinematography Giuseppe Rotunno
Edited by Stuart Baird
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • November 12, 1982 (1982-11-12)
Running time 96 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Five Days One Summer is a 1982 American drama film directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Sean Connery.[1] It was the last film that Zinnemann directed.

It is the story of an illicit romance, set in the Swiss Alps. Connery plays Douglas, a middle-aged Scottish doctor on vacation in the Alps in 1932 with a young woman, Kate (Betsy Brantley), 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 little girl and that she seduced him away from another woman. The flashbacks also reveal that Kate is not his wife, but his niece. But then, in their mountain retreat, climbing guide Johann (Lambert Wilson) appears and he develops an attraction for Kate.[2]



The film was a critical and commercial disaster. Zinnemann remarked, "I'm not saying it was a good picture," he says. "But there was a degree of viciousness in the reviews. The pleasure some people took in tearing down the film really hurt".[3] He never made another film.


  1. ^ Maslin, Janet. "New York Times: Five Days One Summer". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
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  3. ^ Gritten, David. "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". LA Times. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 

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