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Summer and Smoke

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Original title
Summer and Smoke
Running time
118 min.
United States United States
James Poe, Meade Roberts (Novel: Tennessee Williams)
Elmer Bernstein
Charles Lang
Paramount Pictures, Hal B. Wallis
Movie Groups
Tennessee Williams Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
In this adaptation of Tennessee Williams' novel, Alma Winemiller (Geraldine Page) is the fragile, lonely, and oversensitive daughter of a minister in a small Mississippi town shortly before the first World War. From childhood she has harbored an almost spiritual love for John Buchanan (Laurence Harvey), who, though a physician like his father, resents being forced to follow in his father's footsteps. But the unruly John prefers livelier company than the timid Alma; in particular, he is attracted by Rosa Zacharias (Rita Moreno), the tigerish daughter of the owner of Moon Lake Casino. One night, John becomes intrigued by Alma's shy, inhibited gropings toward love, and he takes her to the casino. When he tries to seduce her, the horrified girl hysterically denounces him and runs away. A short time later, the elder Dr. Buchanan is called out of town, and John uses the occasion to throw a wild party celebrating his betrothal to Rosa. Alma frantically telephones Dr. Buchanan, who quickly returns, quarrels with Zacharias, and is accidentally shot...

1962: 4 Nominations for the Academy Awards, including best actress (Geraldine Page).
1961: 4 Nominations for Oscar, including, Actress (Page), Supporting Actress (Merkel),
1961: Golden Globes: Best Actress - Drama (Geraldine Page). 3 Nominations
1961: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Bset Actress (Page)
1961: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1961: National Board of Review: Top 10 Best Films and Best Actress (Page)
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